I tried to take a picture of the meal we had the other night, but it didn’t come out very well. It looks more like slop than anything, but I wanted to share with you the beauty of fresh, spring food.
As Josh was walking around the farm the other evening, he found a nice patch of wild miner’s lettuce growing under a bush of Oregon Grape in an area that burned last summer. He harvested a bunch and made a salad with the lettuce and added some wild sorrel, plantain and parsley. He tossed it with a little olive oil and vinegar. Wow! It was so good!
Then, he went out to our field to see what he could glean from the vegetables. He came back with kale flowers, brassica florets, parsley, baby chard, baby kale, baby carrots and mini cabbages. I sauteed those a bit with a black bean sauce and threw it all on top of some steamed quinoa. We’ve been sort of addicted to quinoa these days. If you don’t know what it is, go out to the store and buy some right away. It is so easy to make and so nutty and delicious. It is also a complete protein and really, really good for you. Anyway, I then scrambled some of our delicious, orange yolked eggs from our very productive hens and threw those on top of the spring veggies. Woah! What a meal. I wish I could have taken a good picture. It really was the essence of spring.
All in all, it inspired us to get creative with picking veggies for next week’s farmers’ market. Who said you couldn’t eat kale flowers and broccoli florets?