Dandelion Tea

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Ah Spring. If you live in Pennsylvania, your yard may look something like this:

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(Totally not my yard, btw…)

So what are you going to do? I, for one, made tea. To be specific, I wanted to make dandelion wine, but the recipe told me that I needed a pint of petals and brewers yeast, and do you know how many petals it would take to make a pint? More than my tiny city back slab has produced at this time, I assure you.

So I went out this morning and checked on the plants, and I picked all the blooms.

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(Based on this recipe: http://omgirlsguide.com/2013/04/22/how-to-make-dandelion-tea-3-ways-dedicated-to-earth-day/)

I picked the blooms from the stems and washed them in a vinegar and water solution and gave them a good rinse and strain.

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Then I let them steep in a kettle’s worth of hot water for 20 min.

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Then I strained the tea using a spider and a fine strainer.

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It has a very grassy smell, but it’s not unpleasant. One might as well make use of a plentiful, natural resource, and try some thing new. If it can boost the immune system, or help detox the liver, those are added bonuses. There’s all kinds of benefits to the dandelion:

http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/

I hope I inspire someone else to try making something made with your own hands from your backyard. You’ll surprise yourself and feel an sense of pride. Enjoy!

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(with local honey from the farmer's market last summer, to boot!)

(with local honey from the farmer’s market last summer, to boot!)

 

 

Fish Fry Follow Up

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Well, next Sunday is Easter. And we may have hit the max capacity of fish fries we were able to. I made it to at least 2 more since the last review.

The Serbian Club

The Serbian Club is on Sarah St in the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, near 25th St. Think of your local Moose Lodge, but with twice the space and a lovely looking bar.

The actual set up was once again confusing, with an ordering station roughly in the middle, most likely manned by volunteers doing their best to keep everything straight in the midst of chaos.

The actual fish sandwich was probably the largest of the batch.

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We ordered a variety of sides, and there was left over sushi and beer at home. Our smorgasbord ended up looking something like this:

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Aside from the sandwich itself, the sides and dessert were mostly forgettable. But it wasn’t bad. I would go again sometime when I could stay and have a beer, I suppose.

St. Irenaeus, Oakmont PA

I’m sorry if I didn’t make super detailed notes from this fry. I was a bit nervous. It was the first time I was meeting my boyfriend’s parents, so I was a little preoccupied.

I did notice the “chicken nugget” option on the menu.

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This was an interesting dine-in scenario, almost like a sit down restaurant, but the kind where you have to share you table with strangers, which is always precarious. It was probably the perfect storm of anxiety for someone with a very tenuous thought-to-mouth filter. But I made sure to do my best, and it seemed to be well enough.

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They had free drinks and a salad bar. It was a pretty good deal, all be told. And a smoother system. Still, I have yet to find a haluski up to my high standards, despite my multiple attempts. I suppose I’m a bit spoiled that way.

I may try to get to one more on Friday, but I seem to have most likely finished my run for the season, and I have no complaints about that. I filled the void left in my system from the year before and I had excellent company on the adventure.

Soon it will be time for farmer’s market finds and other seasonal quests. I’m looking forward to it.