103 Ugly Little Greens with Mia Wasilevich

Listen to “103 Ugly Little Greens with Mia Wasilevich” on Spreaker.

Our guest this week is chef and forager Mia Wasilevich. Mia is the founder of Transitional Gastronomy and teaches culinary workshops, wild-food identification and food styling. She was a featured consultant on “Master Chef” and “Top Chef.” She is also the author of a brand new book, “Ugly Little Greens: Gourmet Dishes Crafted from Foraged Ingredients.” During the show we discuss:

  • How she got started cooking.
  • Mia’s new book Ugly Little Greens.
  • Eating invasives.
  • Working with mustard.
  • Elderflower ghee.
  • Nettle aid.
  • Mallow.
  • Currants.
  • Working with acorns.
  • Lambsquarters.
  • Meal planning.
  • Fish sauce.
  • James Townsend and Two Fat Ladies.
  • Mia’s website Transitional Gastronomy.
  • Cottonwood Urban Farm.

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  1. Psst… they’re spelled ‘currants’. :^)

    LOVED this interview, my elderflower is coming into bloom and now I’m hungry!

  2. I did not listen to this, but I have one thought that I thought a few days ago–I need someone to show me which of my abundance of weeds is edible! Surely, I could eat greens every day from the yard.

  3. I discovered this spring that lambquarters do not agree with me. In a throwing up ’til dry heaves with diarrhea kind of way. Which is sad, but it helped explain a few other systems purge of unknown origin over the years. The goats have no problem eating them at least!

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