Thursday, April 4, 2013

signs of Spring

It is not the flowers, crocuses or daffodils.
it is not being able to grill, tho that counts strongly also.
It is seeing that lowly leafy plant - the dandelion.
Now i know the dandelion from the Italians i knew,
but the Greek survived on an occupied island during World War II on plants that seemed to be weeds
and were family to the dandelion.
A people who hid from their occupiers, eating nothing but this pant.
It turns out this plant provided complete nutrition and they did not even need meat.

So here goes the dandelion recipe:

Dandelions fried

2 lbs dandelions, pick or store bought, washed and cleaned
4 cloves garlic minced
1 teaspoon red pepper, hot, crushed if dry, minced if wet
1 teaspoon salt
Olive oil to cover the pan.

Heat the oil and add all the ingredients except the dandelions and fry for a minute.
Add the dandelions, whole and continue down until they reduce by as much as 75%.
Serve hot with anything as a side.