Miner’s Lettuce Salad w/Manzanita Blossoms

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Miner's Lettuce & Manzanita Blossom Salad

February 1-8

1 Watercress snack while hiking

2 Chamise Tea

I tried making tea from 1 tablespoon chamise steeped for 10 minutes in 2 cups hot water. It didn’t have much flavor, so next time I’ll try doubling the amount of Chamise.

3 Miner’s Lettuce Salad [photo]

I picked this beautiful spring green this morning and enjoyed it for dinner, topped with manzanita blossoms collected when hiking. The blossoms are the first hint that spring is not too far away.

4 Miner’s Lettuce Salad

5 Blackfruit Dogwood Fruit. I collected Dogwood fruits this summer and have kept them in water in the fridge. They have kept well, and taste similar to kalmata olives, with a beautiful, dark purple color. To do: test for antioxidant content since they seem to be a rich source.

6 Miner’s Lettuce Salad

7 Manzanita Muffins with Wild Currants (currants collected in summer and frozen); Oak Nut Marzipan. I prepared these for “Tasting the Land” class and my kids even enjoyed this recipe, without any sugar! See the LW book, p. 77 for the recipe.

8 Manzanita Muffins with Wild Currants (currants collected in summer and frozen)