ciao and welcome to this week's herbal blogging.
this week we are hosted by Maninas at Maninas food matter
thank you for hosting!
this affascinating and very interesting idea is kalyn's,
and now kept by haalo.
thank's both of you :)
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I've allways loved Sundays, it is the only day we all can sleep, the only day everybody's home, the only day we can brunch together, sitting and eating and talking for hours.
I'm not allways present, beacuse of my job as a guide, but when I can...I enjoy it even more!
today the sun is shining, the lake is dizzly and foggy in the sun, there is a warm and perfumed wind blowing...it is really perfect!
I would like to sit here, in my favorite place...reading, thinking and contemplating the lake...
well..usually I fell asleep as the silence and the tranqulity fills me, and makes me relax completaly... :))))
but not today!!! today is the last day I can study...tomorrow I have another exame to do.
of course I'm not ready, of course I'm anxious, of course I will not make it...
but it doesn't matter...the important thing for me, is trying, learning..
and doing the best I can :)
and...there is allways an other opportunity to try! :))
as it finally stopped raining on Thursday...
I took a walk in my garden and picked some herbes.
these are all common herbs you can find in fields and along roads.
please remember not to pick herbs along trafficed roads, all herbs are very good on absorbing
pollution so be carful were you pick them.
for the filling I used:
old man's beard(clematis vitalba)
nettles (ortica dioica)
sald burnet (pimpinella o sanguisorba minor)
wall pellitory (parietaria diffusa)
200gr of ricotta or other soft cheese
peel of half a grapfruit or other citrus fruit.
use the tiny, new leaves. the tiny sprouts of the vitalba.
you need a handfull of each sort.
you can also use some flowers of the salad burnet, put they have to cook a little longer in the pan.
so, put some few drops of olive oil in a pan and add the flowers.
let gently fry for a couple of minutes then add the rest of the herbs and let fade.
let cool a little and add to the soft cheese, perfume with the grated peel of the citrus fruit.
mix well and let rest.
now prepare the dough:
300gr of ap flour
50gr of butter
50gr of water
salt if you use it
wisk the butter in the water on gently heat.
add the flour and the egg and work the dough quickly.
roll out the dough in small strudels or one big one.
spread out the filling and close, first the short ends
(just fold the short ends to the middle)
and then roll it together from the long end.
put the studel with the opening under and if you wish,
brush with some milk to get a little more shining surface.
bake in oven: 200° for ca 25min (the small ones)
for ca 35-40min (the big one.)
usually you make sweet strudels, but with the same dough you can prepare savory strudels.
I've used the latin names when I looked up the names of the herbs,
so I hope that the English names I've found are right.
please correct me if they are wrong :)
somebody doesn't care much for herbs! :))
this is Prince, sleeping all through the photo session!
I actually had to move around him..
he didn't even open his eyes to check out what I was doing.
he is one of our 8 cats.
aaaaaaaaah..and I wish to show you something!
this is a sprout of a canna indica we planted last year...
I didn't really think they should grow..our winter temperature is a little too low for
this is real gardening satisfaction! :))
have a nice week
see you at chris's next weekend