Fat hen, Sheep’s sorrel Pesto n more

Today is a beautiful day so I have been out n about a bit to enjoy it whilst it lasts, I went n visited my sista in law just down the hill a bit n asked her if I could weed her garden she said there wouldn’t be much because she’s been on to it but I managed to find some yummy lambs quarts/fat hen (Chenopodium album) n sheep’s sorrel (Rumex acetosella) amongst the pea patch so I was very satified with that.

Fat hen (Chenopodium album) Sheep's sorrel (Rumex acetosella) Pinus radiata needles, Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Holly (Iles aquifolium) & Silver wattle seeds (Acacia dealbata) seeds.
Then I strolled off to see if I could find the elusive nettles (Urtica dioica) up the paddock, there were a few but I will leave till later again as I didn’t have my glove, bag or snipers with me, silly, I only had my little basket but I sat in the sun and collected some silver wattle (Acacia dealbata) seeds to play with but so far I can’t find any info on them being edible the sap is apparently n I have used the bark to tan furs, I have nibbled a couple and they taste the same as other wattles I have tasted very beany so I will store these until I find something on them.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

After chatting away with my niece Dannika for a few minutes well she does most of the chatting really I headed off out the gate n not far from the front gate I found and picked some yarrow (Achillea millefolium), it smells amazing like honey n I’m not sure what I’m doing with the yarrow yet I will fill you in later.
Fat hen (Chenopodium album) n Sheep's sorrel (Rumex acetosella) pestoFurther on in the pine plantation that runs all the way along the road side across from my grandfathers property I grabbed a handful of fresh pine (Pinus radiata) needles they to smell lovely but in a different way in a piney cleaner kind of away 🙂
I also  found some young holly (Ilex aquifolium) trees growing in the forest in the shade they had nice new leaves so I picked the very ends of the branches I will only use the lighter softer new seasons leaves.
Ok home I headed basket over flowing with goodies a pretty productive day really when I got back I made another pesto from the fat hen n sorrel I added some of my uncles gorgeous organic garlic to it and my special salt as usual, I just fried off the garlic in a bit of oil and I then added it with all the weeds n put everything into thank goodness a food processor this time n with a flicked of tha switch it was done I then put it into a glass jars.
It came out the most amazing vibrant green color n it taste so green n fresh.
I love making pesto’s from fresh greens I think it is the best way to preserve some of them for later use along with drying, I have found in the past that the fat hen n the sorrel don’t dry well last time I tried it the fat hen went yellowish by the time it dried and wasn’t attractive at all n the sorrel just dried up to nothing n lost its bite but making pesto’s with them works great.

Pinus radiata kombucha
After making the pesto I thought about what to do with the pine needles n I remembered  I had a couple bottles of kombucha in the van so I put some of the sticky resinous pine needles into a jar with some kombucha, I will leave this to brew for a few day or so then take the needles out. I will put the rest of the needles in my tea over the next few days.

I finally got the holly leaves sun wilted after chasing them around in the van n yard for awhile as the wind kept blowing them away on me. I have blogged about the process I use for making holly tea before way back n you have to put the leaves in the sun shinny side up to wilt them to cook off that shinny layer to make them edible. When I was researching it for the first time I read this somewhere n if you don’t cook it off they can upset your tummy, it does make them go a horrible dull brownish color but it taste good n that’s what counts it is a nice like green tea that I mix with my mixed herbal tea.

Fat hen (Chenopodium album) n Sheep's sorrel (Rumex acetosella) pestoWell that’s it for awhile I’m going bush for a few days out of reception but hopefully I will find lots of goodies to blog about out there, Cheers 🙂

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4 comments on “Fat hen, Sheep’s sorrel Pesto n more

  1. I love your cooking adventures. Looked you up for a recipe on how to cook jelly ear fungus – I chose a few small ones and fried in butter with garlic and bit of crystallised ginger, the rest I put in the oven to dry. I’ve been picking mushrooms for some years (chekcing carefully with the book) and shaggy ink and parasols are two of my favourites. On the Ashdown Forest (Sussex, England) there are lots of birch boletus, (also a favourite) both the dark ones and the orange cap one. One year i sliced up a lot and threaded on wooden kebab sticks to dry. The whole house smelled of mushrooms for ages. And I’m still using them 4 years later. Keep your blogging going, I’ll be back for another look. All best wishes, Diana.

  2. Thanks Diana glad you like my blog, I love mushies my season is coming up in a few months I’m so exited 🙂

  3. Hi Prue, Love your blog page.. I would like it if you could put up a picture of the Holly.. We have trees here that have always reminded me of Holly, and I have always called them The Holly Trees.. They grow down at the creek.. They were there before I came here and I presume they are a native.. Kindest Regards, Bev…..

  4. Bev did you look back through my blogs did you see this one below it has pictures of the branches…. if you google the botanical name I gave you can look at it that way my camera is very heavy n I don’t actually take it with me when I’m walking so I don’t have pic’s of the actual bush itself sorry. If I see one on the side of the road n I remember I will take one.
    https://pruefreefood.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/holly-tea-for-me/

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