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April 10, 2010


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Max Akroyd

Morning Laura,

A splendid post! I will definitely try this recipe in autumn. Hitherto we'd only collected acorns en masse to supplement the pigs' diet. Nice to think there might be a more direct use.

On the chicory point, I read somewhere that it's Magdeburg chicory roots that are used for coffee substitute. I've got the seeds and I'm not afraid to use them. Will report back!



I think I'll stick with tea, but I admire you for looking for ways to literally live off the land. I had never even heard of Acorn Coffee. I'm learning all sorts of new things from your blog!


Ahh, interesting. I hadn't thought about actually growing chicory from seed - it just used to grow along the highway in my native Missouri! I actually find it quite pretty. I wonder how many plants/ how much space it would take to grow enough for a year's supply of coffee substitute? Definitely let me know how it goes!

Max Akroyd

Hi Laura -

After a bit of rummaging I rediscovered this article:


Welcome to the wonderful and diverse world of chicory!


Wow, great link, thanks! I had no idea...actually, should I be embarrassed that I didn't know radicchio was chicory even? Shh, don't spread it around!
(Also, I read your post from a while back about the donkey dilemma - did you consider rescuing one?
http://equinerescuefrance.wordpress.com/rescues/ for example, there are other places too...)

Max Akroyd

Your chicory secret is safe with me, Laura... but look at all these:


I would consider a rescue donkey, most certainly. My only problem being I'm too wussy to look at websites, let alone visit places, with distressed/damaged animals on display... : (


Wow! Ok, I now have to pretend I don't know about that website though. I've already got more seeds than our little plot can handle - but I want to grow everything!
I totally know what you mean about avoiding any image or mention of distressed animals (and it's not wussy, just compassionate). I wanted to be a veterinarian for most of my childhood, then I did a day-long job shadow and finally realized that it means having to deal with suffering animals day in, day out (a kitty died the day I was there, couldn't handle it). :(

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