Continuing my experiments in cooking with dandelions, I decided to try this recipe, shared by Gen, author of the guest post on suburban gardening, for fried dandelion blossoms.
First, you collect the blossoms! Dandelion stems are very bitter, so you cut off all the stem, leaving only the flower (plus green flower bit/thingy underneath it, so that the flower holds together!).
Then, rinse the blossoms in lightly salted water.
Pat them dry on paper towels.
For the batter, mix 1 cup flower, 1 cup milk, 1 egg (beaten), and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Then dip the flowers:
And fry them in hot oil! We didn't *quite* put enough oil to make them deep-fried, but you do need a fair bit of oil.
Blotting off any extra grease is always important when frying things, I find.
Annnnd here is the finished product!!
They were great! A lovely, fluffy texture and simple but good flavour. We didn't feel a need to put anything on them, and just ate them plain!
I really want to get more into foraging this year. I'm starting out with one of the most easy to find plants, dandelions, but we've had our wild edibles plant books out a lot lately, and have taken more out from the library. On walks we've been identifying edible plants, and I think we're going to start taking a book or two with us on walks, to figure out what the plants we can't easily recognize are...
Far beside the fact that I think finding and growing your own food is a MUCH better way to do things than buying stuff from a supermarket, I just find it immensely fun. I'll gleefully dance around outside, gathering yummy food, and have been more involved so far this year in gardening than I've ever been before. I love cooking, and I find I also really, really love being part of the growing and/or finding process in the food that I cook. I'm looking forward to many gardening and foraging adventures this summer...