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In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Harvesting dandelions

This week, I have mostly been picking dandelions.

Dandelions drying. They take 2-3 days to dry in the conservatory.

The first tray I picked, I put on the garden table to start drying in the sun while we were having a cup of tea. Ian, sitting closest to the table, watched the insects browsing the flowers. He said, "That bee just set off in a very purposeful manner. I think you'd better move the basket." I did, and sure enough, four or five more bees came to investigate the now-absent feast of flowers, then left looking rather confused. This was either funny or a rather scary, depending on how close you were sitting to the table.

I've eaten a few dandelions as fritters (dip in pancake batter and fry) but mostly I'm drying them for tea (put 6-8 flowers in a mug, add hot water and wait 5 min-ish). As well as a hot drink, dandelion tea is quite a good substitute for white wine in cooking. I ran out of last year's dried dandelions in January, so I'm drying LOTS to make sure that doesn't happen this year. I might have a go at making wine from them this year, too.

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