Eating Weeds


clover-cakes

clover cakes

I’m having some fun at my hubby’s expense!

Hubby get’s this craving once in awhile to have pancakes for supper. I don’t make them often as it means there won’t be any vegetables for that meal. I don’t think my hubby is so different from a lot of folks in that he prefers his meat and pasta/potatoes above all else. It becomes a struggle to keep vegetables as an important part of the diet.
If you are about to announce a meal which consisted of lobster,rice and salad, which one of the 3 would you mention first? Would you be having lobster for dinner or salad? Meat is a prevalent goal in meal cooking for MOST American’s.
I thought I would casually grab some of what my man calls ‘weeds’ (meaning anything wild and green) to add to a few pancakes for an experiment. It was really clover and a little alfalfa. I tried to blender them separately, but it didn’t make them any smaller. I mixed two handfuls in enough dough to make four cakes. He eats more than I do so his share would be 3.

clover-alfalfa-pancakes

green pancakes

He didn’t miss a thing. He asked a little hesitantly and perhaps hopefully “are those for you?” “No” I said “I wouldn’t think of letting you miss out”. Silently I decided I would eat 3…maybe, leaving him with one to avoid mutany. No experiment is any good without a control, so I took a small bite which was absent of any coverings or decorations. It was a rather timid bite that by chance included a large leaf. …ickkk! The next bite was larger to make sure that, with the law of averages in play, I wouldn’t get more pancake than leaf. Hmmm – it was quite OK.
I have a motto: “Butter makes it better; Honey helps”. When both of those were added, it was undeniably good. In the 3 cakes I ate 1 1/2 handfuls of weeds enjoyably! Hubby? He didn’t complain, but did ‘t dare encourage me beyond that by clapping or anything :))

Think how you could use this for a rolled-up whatever. LOL!

using-nature-in-food

Using nature in food

 
 
 
The great thing for me about pancakes is that I can make them from barley or rye flour instead of wheat flour which very sadly bothers me.
 
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20 Responses to “Eating Weeds”

  1. MichaelB says:

    That’s a good story… though the last pic reminds me of the latest Arby’s story of a teen finding a finger in his burger.????

    • Ha haha Michael, there IS a finger in the photo. Hey Sherry I read about your pancakes in my email. I am SO glad I came to check out the photo. They actually look better than I had expected, very cool!

      • sherry says:

        The funniest thing is that they TASTED better than I expected. If Safeway had nothing on the shelves, I would be one step closer to surviving.

  2. Naomi says:

    Hmmmm. Another way of adding weeds to my hubby’s diet…. He would probably just ask for green drink on the side, and unadulterated pancakes.
    Did you try chopping them with a knife on a board?

    Have you tried using stinging nettle as a spinach substitute? Great stuff! Way more healthy for you.

    • sherry says:

      I tried the trusty blender, but it did a pitifully poor job. I didn’t want to chop it our in plain site you know :).
      I actually (this sounds dumb I know) tried to get some roots from a friend but they never got me any. Come to think of it he also died. To think I used to hate the stuff and tried to get rid of it at every opportunity…Idea: Find it in a neighbors yard and harvest it ‘for them’.

      • naomi says:

        Stinging nettle loves to grow in horse pastures and horse manure. That’s what I gather.
        I tried growing it, too, and after broadcasting LOTS of seed one year, I believe I got all of 1 or 2 plants the next.
        Sometimes I wonder if it’s a good thing to grow the stuff, but it’s so good for your health.

    • Carmen says:

      You can eat stinging nettle? Eeeep!

  3. Nothing beats a few clover blossoms and handful of chickweed in a Salad. Wow. I miss that, but I wouldnt even dare pick anything in these parts. So close and yet….so far. Anyone planting Evening Scented Stock? Heavenly

  4. Naomi says:

    You should try eating pansy/Johny Jump-Up flowers. They are yummy and high in vit. C.
    As for chickweed…. I eat all sorts of stuff (mostly in green drinks), but chickweed tastes like dirt. I can’t seem to get past that, and I can’t see liking them in a salad. I’ve got plenty, so it might be good to start acquiring a taste for them.
    I started my evening scented stock in late March. They are doing great and ready to plant out this week. I like to start them early so that I get as much scent time as possible. They are not a showy plant, but they are a nice accent in a flower pot. And yes, they always go by the door! I’ve planted them almost every year since I left home. The last few years I have grown them from seed, too. If you start them early, they have enough time to make plenty of seed.

  5. Wendy says:

    I make green drinks, avoiding trail edges where dogs lift their legs and do their business.
    I vomited after one particular episode, and this was not because of doggie do-do, but because I made up the green blend with too many cleansing plants. Phew, it was a very green moment. Now I take it with a little more water and less greens as well, to allow for slower detox.
    You can save your weeds in the fridge if you don’t want to forage daily, but its always better fresh. Its entirely entertaining trying to get a walk in and keep up with your sisters while grabbling bits of clover, grass, dandelion, flowers, strawberry and raspberry leaves. Strawberry leaves are my favorite in a green slug drink. Easy on the poplar leaves.*
    And I love marigolds in my salads and if I want it spicy hot I add nasturtium flowers, though not always as hot as the leaves. They are amazing in sandwiches made with sliced baked or boiled potato…and the works…salt and pepper, onion, and slabs of bacon for a heavenly tasting meal reminiscent of days on the farm. I’m hungry now.

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