Monthly Archives: May 2009

Spring Deliciousness!!

It was a beautiful day, and I had a full day of chores and errands planned.  So of course when a friend called asking if we wanted to go on a hike, I said yes!!  ;D  We had a wonderful 2 hour hike at Heritage in Farmington Hills – it was just the right temperature and there were so many wildflowers.  But the highlight of the hike was harvesting garlic mustard.  Garlic mustard is an invasive species, so you are generally allowed to harvest it in places where they don’t allow picking – it crowds out the native wildflowers, and many rangers will even arrange “garlic mustard pulls”.  And it is delicious!  The kids had a great time foraging – our friend S was truely a champion.  She is only 3, but she was the best and most dedicated of the kids.  We ended up with a huge bag to take home, and the kids still kept pulling…

For dinner, we made a quick sauce with the garlic mustard that we put over pasta.  Here is what was in the sauce:

1 onion, chopped

4 Tablespoons butter (this is an approximate)

4-5 cups garlic mustard leaves, flowers and a few stems, roughly chopped

28 oz can diced tomatoes

2 links sweet Italian sausage, cooked and chopped

1/4-1/2 teaspoon thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a cast iron skillet and saute the onions until slightly soft.  Add garlic mustard and saute until wilted.  This will be fast.  Add tomatoes, spices and sausage.  Cook for about 5-10 minutes and then serve over pasta.  Garnish with parmesan cheese  Remember to wash out the cast iron right away so that the acid from the tomatoes doesn’t eat away your seasoning.

This was a big hit!  Not only did the kids get to help cook it, they also got to help pick it!  The boys have already gone up for their shower, but Rowan is still at the table eating.  :)   And since it is full of wonderful nutrients, as well as some bitters from the garlic mustard, she can have as much as she wants…