Sunday, February 17, 2008

A 100-foot Meal in February

In January I reported on Path to Freedom website's 100 foot diet challenge (see Eating Local: Taking it to the Limit). While there's limited foraging opportunities in the winter garden, the climate here in the Pacific Northwest is mild enough that when the first glimmerings of spring are in the air in February, one can find at least a few edible green things.

So here's a 100-foot lunch that I concocted out of what I found around the garden today:
  • Yukon Gold potatoes which had overwintered in the potato patch, sauteed in Tillamook butter (local product) and seasoned with fresh rosemary, sage, and chives.
  • A salad of wild greens (Siberian miner's lettuce, violet leaves) and English violet blossoms, dressed with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Herbal tea -- a mixture of dried lemon balm, dried rose petals, and dried spearmint gathered when each was in season. Sweetened with a little honey I have left from when my parents kept a beehive.

4 comments:

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

It sounds really healthy, but I'm might be hungry in an hour. :-)~~Dee

Anonymous said...

Wow, not often that I run into a local Salem blog :) Nice to know I'm not the ony one in Salem thinking eat local.

I too am very much enjoying the miner's lettuce lately. My husband who was adimantly against eating weeds actually likes miners lettuce! Neither he nor I have devolped a liking for dandelion though... perhaps I'll try it again w/a different prep.

PS I'm curious... Willamette, CCC, or Corban? My guess is Willamette.

Crystal

K.B. said...

Close! Graduated from Willamette -- twice (B.S. and MAT) -- and teach at WOU, just 30 minutes away.

Anonymous said...

I almost added WOU to the list. I'm enjoying your posts.

Crystal