Wild Foods with Dinner & SUNSHINE

Baby poke salad shoots and daylily buds tempura with dinner

Baby poke salad shoots and daylily buds tempura with dinner

We had blue skies today — at least between the clouds.  And SUNSHINE!  I didn’t mind being outside in the steamy weather today.  The sunshine felt SO good!  The deluge came around 5:30, but I didn’t care…. I had seen and felt the sun!

Edible daylily buds

Edible daylily buds

While I was out I noticed that both our fig trees promise a bumper crop.  That’s great because I have almost used all the figs I dried last year.  I love putting them, along with dehydrated orange peel, in my oatmeal in the mornings.

I also found some baby poke salad plants and some daylily buds.  High on sunshine, I picked some to cook with dinner this evening.

This evening’s dinner was a country boy special just for Ron…. cubed steak, mashed potatoes and gravy.  I’ll be eating a lot of rabbit food to make up for that!  😀

I had so much fun playing outside today that I didn’t get started on the curtains.  I can do that when it’s raining!

Figs!

Figs!

Baby poke salad plants

Baby poke salad plants

Blackberries

Blackberries

Cute little mushroom

Cute little mushroom

Small, tough-rinded, inedible puffball

Small, tough-rinded, inedible puffball

Unidentified yellow-capped mushroom

Unidentified yellow-capped mushroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16 Comments

  1. Mary Lou

     /  July 8, 2013

    Thanks so much for sharing this post. I love being able to find edibles in nature. Your posts are just what I have been looking for. Am going to go out and see if I can find the treasures that you have. Thank you thank you thank you!

    • Mary Lou, it’s so good to find others who enjoy my “weird” interest in wild foods! Wishing you the best of luck!

  2. That plate of food looks sooooo good.
    We had sun shine today too. It clouded up a few times but no rain, It was great.

  3. Linnith

     /  July 9, 2013

    That looks good! We ate poke salad cooked in scrambled eggs when I was a child in Ala.

    Linnith Arnold ~Sent from my iPad

    • Linnith, that’s the “traditional” way to fix them. They seem to go especially well with scrambled eggs. Ours are so mild tasting that you have to use butter and salt on them to even know you are eating them. Steve Brill wrote that in NY they have a pungent taste. I can’t imagine that!

  4. How did you prepard the daylily buds? Soy sauce? I could.not eat my pedigreed lilies but there s lots of.ditch lilies in the back yard.
    Your fig pictures are making.me homesick for my back yard. Enjoy!

    • Lynne, I just dipped the daylily buds in a tempura batter and friend them. They can also be boiled as a vegetable or used in soup, but I think they would be a little slimy.

      There will be plenty of time to enjoy your figs when you get home! 🙂

  5. What a colorful plate…can’t beat a pile of mashers with gravy! Grew up on cube steaks. Guess I’ll just get back to my whimpy cereal…cupboard getting bare :O)

  6. Making me hungry.
    I have a lot of catching up to do. Been a few weeks of internet dead air.
    Hope all is going well.

  7. Your first paragraph says it all…we saw the sun!! Isn’t it amazing what a little sunshine will do for the soul??? The rains returned but at least it is constant.
    The food looks so good and colorful!! Thanks for sharing!

    • We got thunder today, but no rain! And a little bit of sunshine. You are right. It makes all the difference in the world!

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