Friday, May 1, 2015
Dandelion Fritter time!
I took the girls over the hill and down to the river for a short homeschool field trip today, so we could check out the blooming spring beauty (corms taste like water chestnuts) and bloodroot (we did the face painting thing two years ago, so this time we just took pics). Then the Pirate collected a bunch of dandelions because she remembered the fritters from last year and wanted them again, and I grabbed some wintercress that was also blooming. I couldn't find last year's fritter recipe, so Pinterest came to my rescue, and I found another one that I think was even better - the batter was much lighter and thinner, and I just dipped the dandelions flowers in whole and tossed them in hot oil to deepfry. Quick, easy, and we'll pretend that it's healthy. Then I made "cheese sauce" for the wintercress buds and flowers (yes, I did the boil twice thing first). Really, I just melted some Velveeta because I didn't want this to be a huge production. I ate it all. Tasty! If I have time, I'm going to grab some ditchlily (those daylilies that have naturalized along every country road in this state) roots and do something with them, too. Haven't decided what though. I'll be real happy when they are blooming - I love them stuffed with cream cheese.