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Edible triffids?

May 11, 2012

It started a little chilly and cloudy, but in the morning there was enough blue sky to make a sailor’s trousers, and by the afternoon the promise of better weather was fulfilled. It’s still a bit chilly, but I’m taking one day at a time.

The garden is looking very lush after all the rain. Under the bird feeder is the triffid which has grown from something in the seed mix. Its leaves are huge and it looks like rhubarb – I’d rather it was rhubarb, but I believe  it’s burdock – which is edible – both leaves and roots – and supposed to be very good for you.

It looks as if it might be tough though, but I’m up for experimenting. Probably need to check that it is burdock first…

Happily the kids were spared the burdock experiment because the Swiss Chard is also growing somewhat triffid like, only this time it’s a deliberate decision. The beloved bought in a pile of it – it’s really pretty – which I just chopped and cooked lightly in a little water with a dollop of butter and some pepper added at the end of the cooking.

Much better than burdock I suspect if only because  it isn’t nearly as tough looking and I know what it’s going to taste like. (So does Rella and she didn’t want to eat it, and so does Arlo now – with the same result. Kids!)

For some reason, after it was decided that Swiss chard was a no no (it’ll be smuggled in somewhere undetected), we were discussing the Royal Family and Rella found out that Prince Charles is not an only child. The beloved thinks this shows a commendable lack of interest in the stuff of tabloid journalism…



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