Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Edible Flowers - The Daylily

As I was on a quest yesterday to figure out the best way to prepare a squash blossom (my answer ended up  being stuffed with cheese, battered and fried..mmm!) I ran across a very interesting bit of information. Daylilies are edible, all parts of them, in fact! I have daylilies growing in my backyard, compliments of the people who owned our home before we moved in however many years ago. I immediately went and pulled a just opened flower from its stalk and took a bite. It was crispy and delicious, as promised! I fed the rest of the flower to Fig, Guardian of the Kingdom, who also agreed that it was delicious.

Today I have set out to find the best way to eat daylilies. I have read recipes for batter fried, stuffed, salads, boiled, grilled, you name it, it’s been done! I plan on going home this evening and taking stock of our daylily situation. I believe we have quite a few blooms that popped open today, and numerous buds, which are also edible. My plan is to harvest the freshly opened flowers, wash them well, remove the stamens, and serve them as a salad with raspberry vinaigrette.

If you are interested in eating daylilies, I recommend you consult google and read as much about eating them as possible. Know your flower, know what you can eat from the plant, know the growing situation of the particular plant you plan to eat, and after you’re confident it’s safe to consume, enjoy!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Electra Glide!

She was calling my name, so we took her home.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Shampoo update

I was washing my hair with baking soda only, until I ran out. A few weeks later I found a fantastic sulfate free shampoo (and also conditioner in the same brand) at a bargain store in town, and bought a couple of bottles of it. It is 98% organic, no sulfates, and it kind of smells like little old lady. I really like what it does to my hair, although I feel strongly that I don't want to continue purchasing plastic bottled shampoo. I think I am going to switch back to washing with baking soda when I run out. My hair seems really healthy and happy now that I am sulfate free, though!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shiitake Mushroom Soup

This recipe is delicious! I don't remember where I originally found it, but I modified it to suit my taste and the results were outstanding. Here is how I did it:

Shiitake Mushroom Soup

Ingredients:
  • ¼ pound of sliced shiitake mushrooms, the woody part of the stems removed 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 tsps salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground white or black pepper 
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock 
  • ½  cup sour cream 
  • ½ cup whole milk
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over a medium flame. When the oil is hot, add the rosemary sprigs and sizzle for a few minutes on both sides to infuse the oil.

Add the onion, garlic, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent but not brown.

Turn the flame to high and add the shitakes.

Cook for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Add the chicken stock.
Simmer for 20 minutes. Add the sour cream and milk. Return to a low simmer and simmer for as long as you can stand it (I made it about seven minutes) before you put it in a bowl and ENJOY!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Shampoo free

I have been doing a lot of reading lately about going shampoo free (nopoo) and last night decided to give it a try. I showered and scrubbed my hair only with water, then allowed it to air dry as I went to bed. I didn't see my completely dry hair until this morning, and I have to say, it looks like crap. Supposedly there is a period where your hair gets used to not being stripped of its natural oils. It looks like second day greasy and nasty. I have read about methods of washing with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, and I am definitely going to give the baking soda a try tonight. I will keep you posted :)