So they mowed the lawn at work. Ack, just bare flat grass, nothing else to be seen. Well, hiding in the "shadows," where the lawn mower missed, are a few plants, mainly wood sorrel and some hop clover. Yep, on closer inspection, pretty much wood sorrel. Good for a nibble, but might throw it into my mean green paté. More on that later.
Green crab apples are usable to make jelly! Oh yes, I was reading about it on FB, in a group called Foragers Unite. I've made crabapple jelly before using red, ripe apples, but never the unripe ones. Apparently, you're to use at least 50% apples with the unripe crab apples. Well, thata make sense, because I'm figurin' them crabapples ain't too sweet!
As usual, the recipe also calls to add sugar at the end, but I think you might be a bit too traditional, L-A-D-Y! I'd recommend using stevia to sweeten instead and using either chia seeds or gelatin to give it a thick texture. Well, I guess I'll find out when I get to makin' it, but I'll have to get me some red apples first ;)
Ho-ho! I see green crabapple J-E-L-L-Y in my future!
Makes me so fired up to try new and exciting recipes!!
On a more sour note, I realized why I haven't really been out foraging: rain, rain and more rain! They were saying on the weather channel that there's been more than the average amount of rain for this month...(sarcastically)
No kidding! One day sunny, one day rain. Or part sun, then rain. Or a thunderstorm. Or a sun shower. Like today. Sunny, not cloudy, soon to be raining (again!) tonight. Yeah, I don't see foraging happening...Grrrr.
Anyway, yesterday I made a little trip on the bike to the mall but for once I didn't feel like foraging. Doesn't happen too often, but the only thing I collected was a small ziploc bag's worth of lamb's quarter leaves. Yep, that there family (as Mr. Wilson would say) is sure gettin' on real well!
And wouldn't ya know, who did I encounter but a mysterious lil guy (maybe it was a gal?). A black-spotted, orange critter, munchin' on a withered leaf, this critter had a friend with him beside the capsella (Shephard's purse) patch. Yep, this was right behind the mall, in the same place as the lamb's quarter family. Right behind the plants, which are housed in concrete raised beds, is a large fence that has several backyards. Backyards = people growing food probably, and this critter, while he looks like a labybird/ladybug, is really a potato beetle larva.
Uh-oh, that spells trouble. Apparently, these guys and gals are real big eaters! And not just for potatas, but eggplants, peppers and tomatas, too. And they reproduce. A lot. And they have developed quite the resistance to insecticides. You can read more about them on the Wiki here or here and check out a few organic tips here and here (including using ladybugs to help manage them). Nope, never seen any growing in my weedy balcony garden ;P
Oh yeah, getting back to those lamb's quarter leaves that I collected.
What did I do with them? Actually, I haven't used those particular leaves just yet, but I did use some other ones from my balcony garden to make...
Ta-dah, a paté! I suppose you could call it a pesto, although pesto usually has oil in it and my recipe has none.
I made today's using green beans, wild carrot leaves, a touch of dandelion leaves and Shephard's purse seeds (spicy, zippy taste so good pepper substitute) with some seeds and miso. Shoulda taken off the wild carrot leaves from the stems as it was a touch fibrous, but really, really good on flax crackers.
Yesterday I made a mean green pesto with avocado and chickweed and a touch of lamb's quarter.
And the other day I made one with nettle and borage leaves. Oh yes, those borage leaves can be mighty hairy! But steam them for 1-2 minutes, and they soften up just fine!
Nah-uh, not gonna share recipes because I'm writin' them up and gonna put them into ebooks! I have tons of recipes and it's just a matter of time to get them into books. I'm going to do little ebooks because I find when you have so many recipes in one big recipe book...Well, I mean have you ever made all the recipes in just 1 recipe book?
I never have.
And most recipe books don't have pics so you don't even know what you're makin'! I usually end up adapting most of the recipes in books, anyway, because they usually have some unsavory ingredient or other in them, like sugar or unnecessary oil. Or eggs. Or meat. Or corn, soy, gluten, salt, yeast, dairy, or...ya know, like it says at the top of this website page ;)
Pretty much the theme of this website :))
Yeppers, I go through phases. Before it was all about green smoothies, then it was green juices. Then it got cold and it was all about green soups. Then summer came again and it was all about wild green edible salads. Then back to soups, but this time with wild green edibles. Now the warmer weather is back and it's mean green pesto time! Well, ya shoulda figured by now that the theme is GREEN!! Green is so much more than the "new beef." Green is HOT, green is ALWAYS in every spring, summer and (to a certain extent) fall! All diets agree on one food group: veggies! And greens are low cal, low glycemic, promote weight loss, plus offer up a host of minerals and vitamins (including protein such as dark-rich greened spinach and kale)---everything the body needs!
And on that note, I'm signing off hoping for sunny foragin' weather... :)
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