It’s dandelion harvesting time again! Whoo hoo.
Normally, by the time I begin harvesting dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) the flower buds are already on the plants. Not this year. The leaves don’t taste quite so bitter when I pick the plants before the flowers bud, so I’m making a special effort to get them early this year. I’m going on the prowl for these little babies beginning today.
Thinking about the task as a harvest—and actually eating the leaves I pick—makes the task slighter more rewarding than it would be if the idea were simply to make my lawn look nicer. Most years, I begin the task on a rainy day. Again, not this year! Yippee!
The key to enjoying this activity during this time of the year is to have a great recipe.
For some ideas about ways to eat them, consult Euell Gibbons’ 1962 book “Stalking the Wild Asparagus.” The classic would make an ideal mothers’ day gift for a gardening mom. See my link below if you want to order it!
My definite favourite recipe is wilted greens fried with garlic and bacon with a mustard sauce. This was recommended by my PWAC colleague and buddy, Steve Pitt, who posted the recipe on a list serve a few years ago. I’ve revised it slightly, and it still tastes great. It’s also very good if you replace the bacon grease with vegabutter and a whole jar of capers for my vegan friends.
Hope you like it as much as I do.
Fry the bacon until crisp. Put it into a steel salad bowl.
Pour off extra bacon fat, leaving just enough to cook the greens in.
Pour in the vinegar and heat to scrape the pan.
(Or if you prefer, just heat the pan and add a full tablespoon of vegabutter.)
Add Dijon, honey and olive oil to make a sauce.
Add the greens and cook until they wilt. Toss everything together and serve.
The 8th Annual Food Revolution Summit begins later this month.
This is something I listen to every April. These conversations have given me more nutritional and medical knowledge than any other activity I’ve ever participated in, including the times I’ve met with a nutritionist about my own diet.
I’ve gained an extra 10 pounds since January, so I’ll be listening with an aim to re-inspire my efforts to eat well and exercise enough.
The sessions are free for nine days. After that, the Food Revolution sells mp3 copies of all the interviews as a way to fund raise for their organization.
I’m always an affiliate of the event, so if you use my affiliate link to sign up for the conference and then you purchase something, I get a commission. Thank you if you choose to support my work this way.
The first time I listened to this event, I heard the following speakers:
Have you ever participated in this summit? If so, who were your favourite speakers.
Earth Day and Easter Monday fall on the same day this year–next Monday.
If you have children ten years old and younger, be sure to come at 11 a.m. for an easter egg hunt in the vegetable gardens. Every kiosk will have activities for the young ones all day long.
You can also pick up compost, seeds, seedlings, gardening gloves, shears and other items for the season ahead.
Then, in May, the entire island of Montreal celebrates gardening with Cultiver Montreal. There will be workshops all month.
Hope to see you there!