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Early this morning we went to 'liberate' some fish.
I like back to basics fishing, we recently made rods but had limited success so i turned these spools on the lathe at work.
We wound 50m of line onto each, floats, hooks, shot and a bit of bread for bait.
I would be happier floating down the river on a raft with line tied to my toe....but still.



Mini-soul catches a small but perfectly formed common carp

Coarse fisherman would have you believe that you need kit, £1000,s and 1000,s of pounds worth of kit to catch carp, its an expensive old game.. apparently.. yet a 7 year old manages to pull out this fine specimen.

Ive never eaten mirror carp before, they were once widely eaten here in the UK but fell out of favour, instead we choose to fish cod to the verge of extinction.
They are considered a delicacy across Eastern Europe, Lithuania and so on so we decided to see what all the fuss was about.

Sliced up some ginger and lemon


Gutted the fish and stuffed the cavity with butter and mushrooms.


Dug a Dakota style oven pit with my hands and a stick and got the fire going, It was far from an ideal location with numerous tree roots to cut through.

While we waited for the flames to burn down we collected corms for an accompaniment, these are a small starchy carrot like point connected to the root system of the bulrush (reedmace) and can be used just like new potatoes in salads, stews, or eaten raw.

I cut some green-wood branches to make a cradle above the hot embers, laid the fish on and covered it with more branches to make an oven-esque space and finally covered it with moss, the soil and left it to bake.

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& how was it?????
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Wow, yeah, how was that meal? 

Mini is a pretty amazing little human.  Not many seven year-old kids can boast catching and then digging into that kind  of exotic repast.  Puts a different spin on the McHappy Meal.

I'm sure everybody else knows it but I have to ask:  how did you learn all of these outdoor survival skills?

When I joined the local Brownie troop as a young'un, I had hoped to gain some of these skills.  Sadly, they were more interested in instructing little girls how to properly set a table and to curtsy correctly for the Queen (who, we were informed, could show up at any minute). 

The knives and forks are in place but Her Highness never did turn up for troop inspection.

Did you learn these skills as Proto-00 or later on in life?
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Thank you both

The fish was very good, we went home and left it cooking for 1hr 45mins, i put the lemon slices towards the bottom to try and protect it from the heat and covered it in lots of lemon juice to cut through the earthy flavour, when we got back it looked more poached than baked so i got the fire going again and skewered it with a couple of willow twigs and browned it off over the fire.
The thinner lower fillet around the rib cage is quite oily like mackerel (probably thanks to the butter) and the thicker section above the bloodline behind the head is quite thick and meaty more like tuna or shark in texture.

It only seems like 'survival skills' by today's shrink wrapped standards HP, shopping was considered a tedious chore by all ages when i was a kid before retailers convinced us that spending money was actually a recreational activity. Not having much spare dosh* we built dens, tree houses, rafts, made weapons, fires, tarzan swings, caught rabbits, fish and wot-not, and came home just in time for tea, it all seems like a lost art for kids nowadays.
Back then we ran wild and free and ive always lived on the edge of the countryside, most folks foraged for wild food, we were northern, it was free. Its only since folks have become wealthier that they don't 'have' to forage or catch food for the table, but from my perspective 'having to' was never the point.
*We still managed two European holidays a year though, Priorities eh?

I became interested in mycology around 15 years ago (still a mere novice) but its mainly seasonal with an abundance in the autumn so i started looking for other wild foods to eat throughout the year.

We popped out of the woods last week with arm fulls of fat hen (its like spinach) and found cub scouts learning how to skip backwards with ropes around the church?? good luck with that escape plan when the zombies come Wink

The boy will happily chow down on wild carp but will he eat a tomato??


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Sounds grand, 00. The carp, that is. I'm not sure about the cub scouts going widdershins around the church. Trying to raise the Devil??? I can imagine that scene in some old Eling Studios B&W horror pic from the late 50s....
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Regarding their mutual loathing of tomatoes, your mini-Soul and my husband would get along like a proverbial house in flames.   At least mini can offer to rustle up something tastier.

Must be some kind of cruel twist of taste genes, not liking the taste of tomatoes.  To me, they are the basis of all that is good and tasty in this world (although, for obvious reasons, I draw the line in public at ketchup).

I grew up pretty close to the bald-ass Canadian prairie (i.e. it started at the end of my family's yard).  Definitely spent a lot of time building sod club houses with the local riff-Raff. 

Have to say, though, that the al fresco dining was not as magnificent as yours.  Setting aside the little problem of starting with a campfire and ending with a massive wildfire in that tinder-dry setting, we would have been pretty much limited to gopher and stink weed stew.  Even for the avante garde among us, that kind of choice just didn't measure up to the Alberta beef burger cooking on the grill at home.  LOL

No word of lie, though, you are giving your son the best possible memories and understanding of what matters in life.  Good on you!
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Thanks HP, thats very kind of you! i think his tomato problem is one of texture rather than flavour, tomato based sauces don't seem to be such a problem.

I used to love having a fire when i was a kid, with of course the inevitable... When i was 8/9 we were going to my aunts house which meant wearing decent clothes instead of my 'playing out' clothes which were just urchin-like rags with gaping holes, much like the high street denim of today.
I asked how long till we set off, "15 mins so don't go far" Sweet! just enough time to squeeze in a quick fire i thought. I'd got some roofing felt that i pulled from a derelict house where us kids used to f**k about which i thought would burn a treat, got the fire going and chucked it on.. then i heard my mom shouting me, so i tried to put it out with some stamping and frantic wafting which just spread the flames to a nearby tree. I heard her shout me again so rather than own up i made the responsible decision to run away. Getting home my mom said "what you been doing you smell of smoke" smoke? what me, pfft, no i don't think so (sniffing my arm theatrically) ...and we left, i was probably a bit quiet that afternoon and when we got home the wasteland where i made the fire was just a huge charred space the size of a football pitch, nobody ever found out it was me, obviously it couldn't have been we were out...all day.
I might confess the next time i see her.
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Killing something feels good and traumatic in equal proportions for me. Good that im taking responsibility for the death of the food that im eating but still a feeling of guilt and sorrow that doesn't come with the pre-packaged 'death by proxy' supermarket fish or meat. From my perspective i am a meat eater, ive tried a vegetarian and a vegan diet and i can't make it work but i will probably try it again. 
I think that eating ethically reared meat will support the small scale producers and hill farmers who can't grow arable because of the gradient of the land but having bashed that beautiful fish over the head i had a terrible nights sleep because i don't even kill flies usually, i have a trap and release program, i don't agree with killing for sport or for the fun of it especially not fox hunting but thats more of a class thing.
I don't even agree with dog breading, given half a chance we fuck it up, Bulldogs being bred with that much skin they need cosmetic surgery, King Charles Spaniels bred with skulls too small for their brain so they are born with epilepsy, the list of inherent breading problems is endless, but we still choose to do it, if you need a working dog with certain attributes then fair enough but most folks just need a healthy loving pet which most mongrels already are. Don't get me started on dog shows like Crufts (which you didn't Confused), if these folks love dogs so much why do they spend so much time humanizing them? one woman makes her dog dance on its hind legs, oh the dog loves it of course, but ive seen numerous wildlife documentaries and im yet to see dogs dancing cheek to cheek to Irving Berlin in their natural habitat.

There's two collared doves that wake me up at dawn every damn morning cooing on the wall in from of our bedroom window (we only have single glazing with rickety window frames) i should have shot them long ago but they just seem like such a lovely devoted couple.

Sorry, rant over.. as i say killing something to eat doesn't come that easy for me, but at least that carp had a good life in the wild before being killed humanly, unlike the conveyor belt, bolt through the head, hung up to bleed, 'better if i don't think about it' supermarket bought protein.

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00,

I've been a vegetarian for almost thirty years now but can't say I arrived at this decision in the considered way you think about the backstory to your meals. 

I just decided that I was bored with cooking with meat and the first UK outbreak of Mad Cow seemed like a good enough occasion to stop doing so. 

Slamming the door shut on meat had the benefit of opening up many other doors to cuisine that I'd never tried.  Still not bored so I stick with it.

But I never impose my choices on others, including my husband and domestic livestock, and I still revere leather garments and boots.  I think that leather love thing probably eliminates my hopes of winning the World Miss Judgey-Pants Vegetarian Competition. 

Good thing, too, because it wouldn't be long before word got out that I used to eat iceberg lettuce dolloped with Thousand Island dressing and a side of green Jello fruit salad mold...
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