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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, June 17, 1974 Roots can be used to make coffee Dandelions source of nourishment EDMONTON (CP> For the gardener, dandelions area source of frustration but for Berndt Berglund they're a source of nourishment. Mr. Berglund. an authority on wilderness survival, makes good use ot dandelions, in- corporating their leaves in such things as salad, stew, soup or tea The roots can be used to make coftee and the 1 lower heads to make wine. Dandelions are only one in- gredient Mr. Berglund also works wonders with milkweed pods, plantain cream, cattail or bullrush roots and snakes. The latter, he says, are really quite tasty Mr. Berglund is the author ot Wilderness Survival and co- author with his wife, Clare E Bolsby. of The Edible Wild and Wilderness Cooking. The couple were in Edmonton recently to exhibit their skills. The Berglunds run National Survival Inc. School of Survival at Camp- bellford. Ont and their stu- dents have ranged in age from 8 to 84 It is the only survival school on the continent which otfers a home study course. All loods from the wild are delicious if properh prepared, said Mr Berglund. Knowing how to find and prepare food was a major requirement for survival in the wild and a person should only kill ani- mals m times of necessity. Meats that Mr. Berglund uses in his cooking demon- strations are taken in season and frozen The snakes he uses are home-grown. A tnend who raises rattles- nakes for venom extraction supplies that variety and the survival school keeps 400 to 500 water snakes. Mr. Berglund has been teaching survival for 38 years, first in his native Sweden and since 1950 in Canada. In the wild, it is important to learn what not to eat, since some plants are toxic If you're unsure of the iden- tification of a mushroom, for example, leave it alone. Some mushrooms are delicious, but others are cially the fly amanita and the deadly amanita. The water hemlock has been known to kill livestock which have drunk water poisoned by the plant's roots No chemical antidote is known. Other toxic plants are poke- weed, white snakeroot, jimson weed, poison ivy. poison oak, poison sumac and the in- nocent-looking buttercup. In the animal kingdom, the Herald Family onh dangers are the liver of the polar bear or the bearded seal Mr Berglund said. The danger arises from the ex- tremely high vitamin A con- tent But the dandelion, bane of the garden, poses little threat and has been used by Mr Berglund and his wife in the following recipes designed for home preparation Creamed Dandelion Leaves Chinese Style 1 lb dandelion leaves 2 tbsp. cornstarch 11 cup milk 2 tbsp. chicken fat 1 tsp salt pepper '2 tsp sugar i cup chicken stock 1 slice smoked ham. Vi inch thick, finely chopped Clean and rinse leaves under cold running water. Cut crosswise in one-to 1'2-inch slices Combine cornstarch and milk in a small bowl and stir until cornstarch is dissolved Put a 10-inch skillet over high heat for a minute. Add chicken tat. making sure it is melted and covering the bot- tom of the pan. Turn the heat down to medium. Add dandelion leaves and stir until covered with fat. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the dish and pour in chicken stock. Bring stock to a boil and cover the pan. Turn the heat to simmer for 15 minutes or until leaves are tender. With a slotted spoon, transfer leaves to a heated platter. Bring stock back to a boil after stirring cornstarch quickly to mix it well again and add it to the stock in the pan. Stir until the sauce thickens. Pour over dandelion leaves, sprinkle chopped ham over the dish and serve at once Our new RrsfBank Monthly Income flan pays you every month on an investment of Let15 talk, To month 'i The FirstBank Monthly Income Plan is the ideal way to guar- antee yourself additional monthly income. Here's how it works: for each S5.000 you deposit at the Bank of Montreal you will receive a cheque for every month for the next five years. Or, if you prefer, we will auto- matically deposit the amount into the 73 9< J1--3 r< -1 Hi; account of your choice, where it can earn addi- tional interest. You can of course, withdraw your deposit at any time dur- ing the five-year period for a small interest ad- justment. So. if you'd like to know more about the FirstBank Monthly Income Plan, drop into your nearest branch of the Bank of Montreal and let's talk about it. The First Canadian Bank Bank of Montreal Dandelion Salad With Sour Cream Dressing 12 lb freshly-picked young dandelion leaves 5 young dandelion roots 2 tbsp. lemon juice 1 cup sour cream 2 tsp. sugar 1 tsp salt tsp. pepper Clean dandelion greens un- der running water, making sure all the sand and grit is washed away. Shred to fork- sized pieces. Scrub roots, scrape well and slice in 'Xi- inch rounds. Add roots to greens and set aside in refrigerator. Do not take them out of the refrigerator until the last mo- ment before serving Pour sour cream into a mixing bowl. With a wooden spoon, stir in lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper. Beat with the wooden spoon until the sauce is smooth and creamy Just "before serving, bring greens out of the refrigerator and add just enough sauce to moisten them but not to make them soggy. Serve at once. Club corner The Chinook Pensioners and Senior Citizens Organization will meet at p.m. Wednesday in the civic centre. Highlights with pictures and slides of the recent tour to Expo '74 in Spokane will be featured. Other trips will be announced. Transportation for the meeting has been arranged as usual. Refreshments will be served. All members and friends welcome. The W.A. to the Lethbndge Auxiliary Hospital will hold at potluck supper tonight at p.m. in the lounge at the Auxiliary Hospital. Members are reminded to bring their own cups, utensils and a gift. The Banff Figure Skating Club is operating a summer skating school from July 1 to Aug 10 at the Banff Recreation Centre. Competent instructors have been engaged and the school is open to all levels of skaters. For further information contact the Banff Figure Skating Club. P.O. Box 1644, or phone Calgary at 282-8288. Ladies' aid elects evocative Ann Peta has been elected to serve as president of the St. Peter and St. Paul's Ladies Aid for the coming term of office. Other officers include Mary Ptycia. vice-president: Mary Ferenz. secretary: Helen Gill, treasurer and Helen Chirka. assistant treasurer. PUBLIC BINGO m 16 GAMES BLACKOUT (Played Until Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM EVERY THURS.-8 p.m. Original cooling system Running through the sprinkler on hot days is sometimes good enough for some, but Jennifer and Lisa Demers and Christine and Susan Hogg have de- vesed their own cooling up the pool under the sprinkler. The neighborhood pool was set up at 3517 Forestry Road. The homemaker By MARILYN C. TATEM District Home Economist Is "Galloping Gourmet" one of the T.V programs you watch in the afternoon? Some of the viewing audiences are having difficulty in following what he does, in order to get a delicious tantalizing product. He uses the term "clarified butter" for sauteing. Where do you buy this butter'7 This is every day butter which had been melted down and the oil poured off. Another problem the viewing audiences run into is the type of wine to use. Wine is a subtle seasoning ingredient which accents and enriches food flavor. A good wine rounds out the flavor of most dishes to perfection It adds new appeal to favorite old recipes and makes inexpensive dishes special Choose a wine that will blend with other flavors without being obvious White table wines compliment fish, sea foods, and white meats, while the red table wines compliment red meats, spagetti. egg and spiced dishes BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR GOURMET COOKING: Selecting wine which will compliment the food it is to be used with. Taste should be dry. occasionally med-dry For a light Sauterne White Wine) get mcd-dry.. not sweet. Butter is used for sauleing the vegetables