Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Free Food: Daylily Greens

This is one of those days when I hope I don't get the "What's for dinner tonight, honey", phone calls from Husband on his way home from work. He has been known to stop at a convenience store for a hot dog when dinner sounds less than appetizing to him.You see, it's not that he's opposed to trying new things...it's just that...well, he JUST never knows what he's in for. Honestly, his life would be completely boring without me.

I've been planting the 'uncivilized' parts of our property with edible plants and weeds for the last couple of years, getting them to colonize. One of my favorites is the daylily. Now, WAIT!! Before you go cutting up your prized mail order daylilies - it's not just any daylily that you can serve for dinner.
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The one you want on your dinner plate is Hemerocallis fulva. You know the one, the one that seems to grow wild on the side of roads. Some say there are other kinds of daylilies that are edible, but it seems to be a little controversial, and things like that are not comfortable for me. I'll stick with Hemerocallis fulva. Daylilies, that's what's for dinner.

All parts of Hemerocallis fulva are edible, but in early spring, it's the tender greens that you're after. Collect them when they are less than 6" high for tender greens and the best taste.

After 6 inches, they are generally too fibrous to eat.

They go directly into the pan from the basket, no chopping. It just takes a few minutes for them to wilt in a hot pan with butter and salt.

Dinner is served: Great White Northern Beans with basil from last years garden, Brown Rice, and wilted Daylily Greens!

Enjoy the day-

Disclaimer: please note that the author of Blissville Living is not advocating eating any foraged plants without doing your own extensive research.

Ideas For Your Easter Table

A nestful of Orioles
Certain things seem to go hand in hand...like spring-type things and Easter. Even though Easter is a time to specifically remember our Savior and what He did for us on the cross, we seem to end up falling into the world's pattern of mixing in eggs, bunnies, and daffodils. And who doesn't love those things?

I guess as long as you can keep your eyes focused on the cross and not fixed solely on the bunny, you can still have fun decorating with spring-like symbols of this renewed time of year.

This year, we won't be doing a big family dinner with all the bells and whistles due to my detox, but that just gives me more time to dig up photos from Easters past and check out blogs for ideas for next year.

Here are some ideas to help pretty up your spring time table:

The table is set in our sunroom with pink and white.

Bunny Napkins - go here for the 'how to', it's easier than it looks.

This cake was made for a spring celebration for friends.
The pansies are actual pansies from my garden, painted with egg whites and dipped in pulverized sugar.
Completely edible and a great activity to do with kids.
Enjoy the day-

This post linked to Homestead Barnhop #55, Not Just a Housewife & Homemaking Link-Up