Today turned into a lovely day and we spent the afternoon in the garden admiring our beautiful weeds.
Recently the local market has been full of dandelion leaves. I really love dandelion salad. It is great with lardons and a olive oil and white wine vinegar dressing but considering the state of our garden I couldn’t actually bring myself to pay for some. So finally today I did a little research and found out what I should be looking for when I pick my dandelion leaves.
It turns out, unsurprisingly, that you should go for the younger plants which haven’t yet given a bud or flower as they are less bitter. You can also eat the flowers and the buds. Apparently the buds go well in omelettes and you can tempura the flowers. The flowers are bitter but have a sweet taste and I am definitely going to start using them in my salads for extra colour.
Now when I started explaining to E that we can eat dandelions she was a little skeptical but did taste a few admitting that they were ok but needed a bit of salad sauce. I think our dandelions might be getting a bit bitter but I managed to find a decent selection of fresh leaves for a tonight.
Then E found one lone blossom that had already turned to seed and I showed a very excited little girl how you can blow them and watch the seeds fly away.
E also picked a bunch of dandelions for Teddy in-between scooting around on her tricycle.
After all our salad picking we sat down for a little tea party with Teddy and tried out a batch of some homemade Jaffa cakes. I am still perfecting the recipe though so bare with me on that one.
It was a lovely day in the sunshine and the only shame was that poor M has been under the weather and slept it all away. Fingers crossed he will be back on form tomorrow.
Hope you enjoyed your weekends too!