One of, my favourite culinary times of year…the last two evenings I’ve eaten fresh broad bean falafels accompanied by fresh orange milkcaps / granmatriske (Lactarius deterrimus) and a mixed salad including sour tasting tuberous begonia flowers, various heirloom tomatoes and much more. It doesn’t get much better!
A few months ago, I found an Excel file with a complete list of ingredients in my 537 plant species (including varieties) unofficial world record salad from 2003. I thought it was lost! I decided then to publish the list on the 15th Anniversary which is TODAY!! So, here is the list for the first time on the world wide web (see below)!
See also http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=294
To celebrate, the students of the PDC course I’m teaching on in Hurdal this week made a 15 species salad with the number 15 written in flowers:
A little composition put together last night together with my daughter and artist friend from UK and wwoofer Kristina from Czech…including Allium macranthum (centerpiece), Allium carinatum pulchellum “Album”, Allium flavum, various Hosta flowers, tiger lily flower, Fedia, Adenophora, mallows, chicory leaf etc.
I “noticed” a few days ago that my little girl Hazel had reached half my age (in number of days)! It was noticed that Hazel would be half my age in years on my next birthday in April 2019…..so thought this 23,131 day old man, when will she be exactly half my age in number of days? I couldn’t find a web page to do the calculation, so had to revert to the old method of setting up a complicated set of simultaneous mathematical equations…..to come up with the answer that I had missed it by two weeks :(
We decided to celebrate anyway and we ate a gourmet dinner incluidng a 1/2 birthday salad, using garlic scapes to write 1/2 on the salad!
..and, please, no comments that I dont look a day younger than 3 times her age ;)
ALOHA all! Thanks to Leda Meredith for the introduction, we had a very enjoyable visit today from Sunny Savage, a foraging author from Hawaii. Sunny is author of Wild Food Plants of Hawaii and is doing great things encouraging and helping folks to eat invasive species and is working on an app to help people find 5 Hawaiian invasives! Great idea which could be adapted elsewhere!! We foraged my garden together and you can see here what we created
Thank you Marianne Leisner for inviting me to Gartneriet (literally, the plant nursery) to pick and tell about the ingredients in Bygdø Kongsgårds Mangfoldsalat (the Bygdøy Royal Diversity Salad)! Another lovely evening with lovely people grooving with veggies!
I was very impressed by your Allium tuberosum bed!!
…..and adding a few other things to the one species udo and American spikenard salads (Aralia cordata and Aralia racemosa) and this was the result, the summer’s first extreme salad, on the anniversary of the filming of the extreme salad youtube videos (“B” in the following link!) http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=16712
Last night, I tried American spikenard (American Udo) or Aralia racemosa for the first time! Although Aralia cordata (Japanese Udo) had a hint of bitterness after blanching, the spikenard was mild with no bitterness…a bit like cucumber was my guest’s comment
NB! The spikenard was more thoroughly blanched than the udo, so not a reliable comparison!
Peeled and sliced American spikenard shoots
As with yesterday’s udo salad, I simply added a dressing of roasted sesame oil, salt and pepper! Delicious!
American spikenard to the left and Japanese udo to the right!