white goose foot
I raised my kids on dandy lions. Making syrup and jelly from the flower heads, sitting in the tall grass eating the fresh picked greens as we made necklaces from the stems. Weaving the bright flowers into the thick braids of my daughter's hair. Making wishes before blowing the seeds high in the breeze to be carried away for another sun-shiny day's harvest. I loved getting the first flowers of spring from tiny hands covered in dirt, a huge smile and accompanied by a hug. I would have several glasses filled with water and bright cheery yellow flowers lining the window seal above the kitchen sink. Dandy-lions are welcome in my yard.
LAMBS QUARTER SPREAD
1/3 c. olives, 1 tsp. mustard, 2 tbs. olive oil
2 cups lamb quarter leaves stripped from stem. 1 small onion, 1 ripe avocado, 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts.
Process in a food processor and serve on your favorite crusty bread.
4 cups leaves
1 3/4 cup milk
1 small shallot
2 cups cheese grated
2 tbs. flour
Saute shallot until tender, add lambs quarter. Wilt for 3 minutes. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Set aside to cool.
In a prepared pie crust sprinkle half of the grated cheese. Place a layer of lambs quarter, a layer of cheese, lambs quarter, pour over eggs and milk mixture. Top with a thick layer of cheese.
Bake 350 for 40-45 minutes.
Note this is similar to the Spinach Quiche in an earlier blog
WILTED LAMBS QUARTER
Steam lambs quarter lightly. Plate and drizzle with olive oil
and fresh minced garlic and seasoning.
LAMBS QUARTER AND FILLO DOUGH PIE
4 cups lambs quarter
2 eggs beaten
9 oz. feta or fresh goat cheese
1/2 c. pine nuts toasted
1/2 cup scallions
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1/2 pound fillo dough
Strip the leaves off the stems. Measure out 4 cups.
Set aside to cool slightly.
In a pie plate lined with parchment paper, layer the fillo dough alternately so when the edges are folded up it will fully in-case the lambs quarter. Brush with butter between layers. Crumble 1/2 cup cheese over bottom of pan. Fold pine nuts into greens and place over cheese in the bottom of the pie pan. Salt and Pepper. Pour eggs over top. Fold up the edges of the dough, brushing with butter. Transfer the pie to a large baking sheet and bake in a 375 oven for 35 minutes.
using our farm-fresh eggs and home-made goat cheese makes everything (even weeds ) taste better