A wildly delicious holiday guide
It’s that time of year again: the temperatures get colder, but our hearts warm with holiday spirit. It’s the season of hot cocoa, snowflakes and family gatherings. However, for some of us, that also means preparing a grand dinner, and well…that can build up more of a headache than an appetite.
What do you make for this time of year? Same recipes getting old? New recipes too intimidating? Don’t know where to start?
What if we were to ask our wildlife friends? If you’re ready for a taste, here’s your wildly delicious holiday guide, according to Canadian wildlife.
- Does your aunt always bring that green bean casserole that nobody likes, but eats anyway to be polite? Tell her about this alternative: lichens. Lichens are the result of a symbiotic relationship between fungi and algae. Some woodland caribou eat lichens all winter long. They must be really tasty, since one woodland caribou can consume over 2.7 kilograms of lichens per day.
- Need ideas for appetizers? Barn swallows can help you out with that. These birds primarily eat flying insects. They swoop down and grab grasshoppers, dragonflies or moths in mid-air. These insects are excellent choices for bite-sized appetizers.
- Do you have a health nut in the family? No problem. Here’s your holiday trail mix: acorns, walnuts, mushrooms and forest berries. However, if your relative is anything like the eastern chipmunk, watch that trail mix bowl carefully! Chipmunks tends to fill up their cheeks to the rim and aren’t ones for sharing.
- Do you have coastal family members who love seafood? If so, then a big batch of krill is for you. Hopefully, your relatives won’t only eat krill because, if they’re anything like blue whales, they can eat up to one million krill in one sitting!
- Do you have picky eaters that never want to try something new? If so, then earthworms will do. There are so many types of earthworms, and almost everyone eats them, including eastern moles, blue jays, robins and many other mammals, birds and reptiles. You can’t go wrong with this choice.
- Dessert time! This year, forget about that yule log and take a downy woodpecker’s advice: a rotting log. Woodpeckers love rotting trees because inside the wood are juicy grubs and beetles. Delicious!
- And lastly, for another dessert idea, go for tulip bulbs and petals. This is a colourful and pleasant-smelling dessert. Hares, groundhogs and deer are kind of notorious for their ability to eat lots of tulip bulbs and petals. You’ll need a large quantity since everyone will want seconds.
Hopefully, this list has inspired you. You’re guaranteed to have a wildly delicious holiday dinner.