Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wild Days

We've been going a little wild here lately. I mean that literally.  I've gathered cat brier tips, and added them to our salads, a nice burst of sour. There's not a lot of good to say about these thorny native plants, but they are tasty. In fact, it can be hard to find tips, as the deer love to nibble them too.  Lamb's quarters were cooked with chard.  In researching a nice link for this plant, I found this site, with recipes I plan on trying. I made my first nettle soup.  More recipes will be tried, as this one was OK, but not wonderful.  There was a new salad dressing, which I found here.  This is my tweaked version.

Wild Goddess Dressing

1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1/3 c tahini
3 tbs tamari
2 1/2 tbs honey
pinch of salt
1 tbs lemon juice
1/4 c olive oil
2 tbs fresh parsley, chopped
2 tbs fresh chives, chopped

Combine all ingredients except oil in blender or food processor, & process until smooth, then add the oil in a thin stream.  Taste and adjust flavor as needed.  Keeps in the fridge for several days.

This tastes very close to Annie's Goddess dressing.  For a time, that was my favorite dressing, but I got tired of it and haven't had it in a long while.  I'm enjoying it again.  I will say I'll be doing a little more tweaking, as this makes a very thick dressing, and needs some thinning to pour nicely.  Wishing you wild times, in the best sense.


cookingwithgas said...

I am so trying this dressing!

Stephanie said...

I love gathering wild food! I've heard a lot about lamb's quarters and also nettle. I might have some here and not know it. I like the Goddess dressing, too, and have making my own on my to do list.Might be the thing to do on this wet Saturday afternoon...
Peace, Stephanie