Hello!! I’ve missed you! I’m not finding balance well with this new job…but summers almost here! (That’s why you drive a school bus!)
We got the first from our garden yesterday!! We brought in spinach, lettuce and radishes. So guess what we had for dinner? Wilted lettuce!! Anyone else love this?
First bake your bacon (I just bake it on cookie sheets at 375 degrees until as crisp as I want it…
and add some of the grease to some italian dressing and pickle juice along with some diced onion and bring to a simmer. (Oops…no pic…I forgot how to blog for a sec cause it’s been a minute!)
Drizzle over fresh leaf lettuce and crumple some bacon over it. Oh. My. Goodness. Obviously your arteries are going to thank you not to do this too often, but it’s necessary with the first batch of lettuce.
We paired ours with some BLT’s and….
I was beginning to think we missed out this year! I don’t know if it’s still early or if they got froze or what. All we’ve seen on our place is this one little branch’s worth!
I told my husband I would cook them for him if he went after them and he just shrugged it off. So then I told him I would cook them if he went after them for me…
I’m going to tell you how to do it, but if you’ve been following since the beginning I’ll remind/tell you that I posted on this last year. It was one of my very first ever and to this day my favorite! So, if you really don’t care how to cook them, but are up for a good story…check out how we cooked them last year!
Just for identification here’s some pics of some trees. These are young…they have crazy sick thorns!
The thorns are sort of grown into the tree as it ages but they’re still there…not a tree you want to lean on when you take a break!
And here’s one of the leaf pattern…
Also in the post last year, my husband and son had built a tee-pee out of saplings…this year they have some other crazy dwelling…
Back to it…
Start by cutting your blossoms from the branch. Leave the blossoms connected to the stem, and leave enough stem to act as a handle.
Ours were buggy this year so rinsing alone didn’t cut it. We went ahead and soaked them in some salt water, weighing them down with a plate, then I rinsed them again.
Next you use your “handle” to dip them in egg loosened up with a bit of milk, then into salt and peppered flour.
Fry them over medium heat in a mixture of shortening and butter until golden brown.
I know…clogged arteries and all that…we don’t eat like this all the time. But I want to!
Oh, and don’t eat the central stem!
So there you have it…spring time at my table!
‘Til next time!