Lately, I've been enjoying doing a bit of foraging for our food. We have an abundance of dandelion growing around our home. It was interesting to shift my perspective on this plant over the last couple of weeks and see it as food instead of a foe. They are coming to flower now...so the perspective is shifting back a bit. Dandelion is the ultimate spring tonic. So generously green in early spring just when our livers are most in need of this food medicine.
People around where I live, traditionally eat dandelion, but usually with a heavy dose of sugared bacon dressing. I choose to enjoy a simple soup made by covering chopped daikon with a bit of water and adding the dandelion at the end just to wilt the leaves a bit. This was my breakfast for several days along with some nettle tea (purchased: still looking for a place to forage that).
We also enjoy dandelion in our salads...well, most of us;) Here is a salad we gathered last night for dinner. Jude loves helping to cut the herbs and greens. In addition to the dandelion, we have some mixed greens from our cold frame, kale that I planted last year that is still making new leaves, mustard that self seeded, violet blossoms, and red bud blossoms. I loved the way the colors look and you know, that just makes food taste better.
Eating simply like this is really nourishing to me on so many levels. When I can gather our food, I am so content. What are you gathering these days?
We are talking about the challenges of being mindful as a parent over at threading light today, please come over and share your thoughts.