Heavenly, divinely dock

The good news is that there should be a larger assortment of greens harvested this week: Tokyo Bekana, salad greens with spinach and pea shoots, parsley, head lettuce for full share members, curly dock, and Solomon’s seal. I’m not sure if 30 more loaves of bread are the way to fill your market box but it could come to pass. I did find a bread recipe using frozen pesto and birch sap – haha, it was one I devised. A slice is superb with grilled thinly sliced tenderloin steak having been marinated in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup.

Did anyone like the curly dock? We’ve been eating it everyday in place of lettuce in a sandwich, stir-fried with onions and hamburger (1/2 Cup sauteed onions, add in and fry until done 1/2# ground beef, 1 tsp coriander and/or 1 tsp cumin, salt, about 4 cups of dock, finely sliced across the midrib. Fry until just past limp. Add 1/2 cup water if it is too dry.) or in a bean soup. It can be used in recipes instead of kale, spinach, cabbage and gives each bite a brief sensation of lemon.

I found a huge vale of Solomon’s seal – my secret, sorry. If you recall last May was mighty hot and Solomon passed us by. This green is similar to asparagus which is handy since true asparagus is still sleeping. Lao cooks steam Solomon’s seal ever so slightly and munch on it with sticky rice. There are many tales and names for this woodland green down through the ages. One needs to know its form and structure so as not to mistake it for a malcontent.

I mentioned birch sap earlier. I’ve not boiled it down to make syrup; a gas stove uses a non renewable resource. Someday, we will have an outdoor wood-fired oven and that will be the green light to go! Our river birch lost one of its branches in the storm and continues to weep almost 5 gallons a day! I’ve collected it and am drinking it instead of water. Why? I’m not sure, though it is an intriging thought to follow each drop back down the trunk, to the tip of some distant root, and through the mycorrhizas into the soil. Amazing at best! No chlorine. It has been filtered just for me.