Weed Meal

Day 6,
you and Tom went to the island today, a wide stretch of sand deposited by the river.
You spear-headed this walk primarily to follow a tip-off of a Prickly Pear (Opuntia Spp.) bush.
“you get to the end of the track, where the rocky expanse is. There, on the left, there’s a group of she-oaks. Just under, the cacti” Randal said.

opuntia

You found it, a left-over of some previous flood probably, washed down from somewhere to establish itself on the sandy island.

On the way back you collected your dinner, Dandelions (Taraxacum Officinalis), which got served in a luxurious salad with boiled eggs and avocado, and Wood Sorrel (Oxalis Spp.), for the sauce which went with the lamb.

gathering dandelions

Everyone was very exited in having a dinner from the fields.

The Dandelion where not at its best. You recall gathering expeditions since you where 9 or so.
Dandelion’s salad is a spring business, before flowering the plant is less sour.
Your salad was fantastic though, as the weed was fresh and the leaves where young, after the recent rain.

dandelion

You where much exited by the Wood Sorrel recipe, a 15th Century’s one, from England, when they accompanied pork and game with the sauce.
One interesting aspect of the botanical booty is that this particular plant of the Oxalis family is NATIVE! (you can tell by the fact it sports yellow flowers), making the whole exercise even more appealing. Aboriginal Australian sure knew of the edibility of the plant, which can be eaten fresh, having a lemony taste.
Doesn’t this legitimize your investigation?
Can it not ethnobotanical knowledge be transported and applied in non-native settings?
cleaning wood sorrel

You finish the dinner talking about politics and planning for a residency in a restaurant, where you freely experiment with forgotten food.

oxalis sauce

About info

Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty (www.squatspace.com/redfern) tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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4 Responses to Weed Meal

  1. luca says:

    brilliant stuff diego, i love the abundance of the salad weed! and am enjoying your new second person voice, speaking to yourself in the “tu”, comes across poetically.

  2. info says:

    ideed, lucas, the “tu” also brings the reader right in.
    You become involved just by reading.
    Tomorrow i’m gonna post about the enourmous mushrooms Gary found for us.
    oops…
    tomorrow YOU gonna blog about the mushrooms…

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