The characters of DEATH CACHE are hungry most of the time. I made it really hard for them throughout this story. They are forced to live off the forest, and thanks to Tern, they will survive until help arrives that is if a killer doesn't do them in first.
Tern is very knowledgeable in what is safe to eat thanks to her grandmother Coho who taught her from the time she was a little girl. Tern is able to pull together meals from the oddest of things. Including puffball mushrooms or 'wolf farts'.
Like Tern, I had a grandmother who took me hiking and pointed out what plants were safe and what to stay away from. I could get you only so far with that information, not near what Tern can do.
Here is a scene where Tern takes 'wolf farts' and cooks them for dinner.
After collecting enough greens to supplement their meal, she headed back toward the clearing and Gage.
He looked skeptical at what she’d picked from nature’s pantry, but the wild puffball mushrooms would be delicious.
"Don’t be so cynical," she said. "If we don’t find more food, you’ll be thankful for what I can pick in the forest."
"I could poison you with my knowledge," she couldn’t help interjecting. Let him be a little worried. "I guess you’ll just have to trust that I won’t."
He let the trust comment go. "How’d you learn all this? I thought you studied marketing and business
"Not everything is learned in school. My grandmother taught me. She, in turn, was taught by her mother, who was taught by her mother. The knowledge has been passed down through the women in my family for thousands of years," she said with pride. Pride of her heritage, her race, and the long line of strong women she’d come from.
"I had no idea."
"There’s a lot about me you don’t know." He would have had to stick around in order to find out.
So on this Thanksgiving Day in America, where most of us will be eating ourselves into a coma, I'd like to hear what is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?