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May 27, 2012 07:39 AM, edited May 27, 2012 08:08 AM
we live on what was an old farm and the property is covered with gorgeous weeds. I like to see how they bloom. I have a friend who is going to come over and show me what is edible. I have quite a few unusual things growing in my garden including kale and swiss chard.. which are not so unusual.. i wish they would grow. my herbs are doing wonderfully including sorrel which is a sour leaf used for soup, healing and in salads in the middle Europe. If you find sorrell snap it up.. it's really good.
I have put young dandelion shoots in my early salads.. they taste like dandylions. I put some of these weeds in the oriental dishes i try. What is really interesting to me, is to visit my Korean friends' store. They have all sorts of dried veggies (dried sweet potatoe stems. dried snake eye grass (i kid you not, dried fish skin, dried). They know i have cancer and the grandmother always encourages me to try these foods. dried seaweed shreds, dried oak leaves... I am still alive. They don't want me to pay for them either... they ordered them for me they said and other people will provide the profit so i have to like to gracefully accept them which i am happy to do.. i take them home and try them.
I do buy plenty of produce there.. every sort of mushroom (except morels) that one could want, as well as sauces, teas and this wonderful food which is a tube of rice product...
they cook the rice, mash it, let it dry and then extrude it thru a machine in hose like shapes. you slice the tubes very thin and stir fry with veggies. They absorb all the burntish crisp sauce and make ABSOLUTELY the most delicious dishes. They gave me a sample and it took me a little experimentation. - a great way to go gluten free. they are seriously chewy and very unusual i would think to the western palate. They are almost indescribably good.. super chewy.. is an unusual way and flavors change as they are absorbed. Seriously good with snow peas.
here is a nice picture of them...www.seriouseats.com/2010/11/se...
After trying many recipes, i simply like to slice them on the diagonal thinly and start wokking with garlic, olive oil, sesame oil and throw these in. they readily absorb flavor.. i add a bit of hoisin sauce or anything like that.. maybe anchovy paste, bean paste, and soy sauce.
i let them get kind of burnt around the edges.. and then sautee some oriental veggies in the same pan... peas, beans, broccoli, mushrooms, green onions.. whatever.
I also made coconut pudding last nite, out of outofdate coconut, milk and some pretty lame tapioca pudding that I bought.. omgosh it was delicious. Thank goodness this little family came over just in time to help me eat it. I would have eaten the whole pot.
peace and love, apple - ..... Mary Magdalen
Dx 4/10/2008, IDC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 4/9 nodes, mets, ER+, HER2+