Garlic Mustard

06May12

The last few days have been busy indeed. K. and I have spent quite a bit of time in the garden and with our seedlings, though there is still so much to do before we are ready to plant anything outside. Since Friday we have been all about clearing out the garlic mustard and other weedy things. We’ve been trying to make use of at least some of what we pull out, so last week we had dandelion fritters, and today I started steeping the petals to make either dandelion jelly or syrup. I’m really torn with jelly as it is super delicious and fun to make, but we try to avoid consuming non-local sugars, which makes preserving and baking a bit tricky. Last year I made maple grape jelly, so I might just do that with the dandelion tea tomorrow evening.

I’ve also been learning a lot about garlic mustard, since it’s starting to take over our second garden. However, I checked out some recipes, and made a pesto-like substance that goes quite well on melba toast (as you can see in the picture). The recipe went something like this:

Garlic Mustard greens – 4 cups (ish. I didn’t actually measure any of this stuff).
Dandelion greens – a handful
Olive Oil – 1 cup
Walnuts – 1 cup
Nutritional yeast – 1/2 cup
Salt to taste

I would have added garlic but I couldn’t find any (gasp!), and the yeast was the cheese replacement because a) veganize and b) didn’t have cheese.  Perhaps tomorrow night we will make pizza (with a recipe from the Eating Alive book in the picture, which is Dan’s favourite)! Unfortunately not all of it survived the fall to the floor when the bottom of the blender came off, but we have enough for several pizzas. And (sadly) there is always more garlic mustard to make more pesto!

While some of us have been getting our hands and feet (and legs and faces) dirty in the garden, D. has been busy with construction projects. The deck is getting closer and closer to completion! The posted picture shows the completely closed railing on the side of the house parallel to the nosy neighbours, but the rest of it is a bit more open.

Well, it is much too late to go on about any other household activities since I have to take K. to school in the morning and then I start my second week at work! Have a good week, dear readers.

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One Response to “Garlic Mustard”

  1. 1 Jess

    awesome! you’re inspiring to replace some non local stuff in our house. Bit by bit! The deck looks great… I have some more dandelions if you need. 😦


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