Friday, April 24, 2009

Recipes From Nature!

I love spring. Around my apartment there are many many roses. They are so beautiful I had to learn something to do with them for my health and enjoyment. I learned that you can make a refreshing drink with a cup of rose petals a quart jar and a little honey and lemon. Just gather some fresh rose petals add them to your quart jar and fill with good filtered water. Leave in the refrigerator for about an hour, strain the water into a piture and squeeze the flowers out too get the lovely petal juice. I've found my zildren

(Zach,Zeke,Zoi,Zeb,Zena,Zelotes and Zenora) really like this drink because they help gather the leaves.
If you have large bamboo growing in your yard you could gather bamboo shoots and have a great healthy dinner tonight. You just look for those new bamboo that have not poked up out of the ground yet and get you a claw to dig them out with. Boil them with some rice hull powder and leave over night to get the harsh taste out then peel back the rough pieces on the sides and chop off the ends.

Another fun project we have done with plants out of our front yard is Fried Dandelion Flowers. Gather at least a cup full of dandelion flowers and dip them into egg and milk wash then straight into flour (whole wheat) which you can favor with sea salt and any kind of seasoning you like. They are really fluffy and tasty and good for you. Yumm! The Zildren are always trying to get me to make more of these tasty creations but right now most of them got mowed down by the neighbors.

Right now is a great time to plant a great herb garden as well and have fresh herbs right from your pots or garden spot. Hope I inspired you to treat your body to a tasty treat!

Jenifer Harrod
Certified Herbalist

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