Cooking · The good

Happy Summer!

How’s everyone celebrating summer so far? Here some days are sunny, some are rainy. The weather is warm but not near to what we normally have here. Temperatures are not high and there’s plenty of humidity in the air. Some parts of the country are facing floods, not even close to what they’ve predicted for the year-drought.

We won’t be having any summer holidays this year and we won’t be getting any days off either. Husband is quite busy with his carpentry workshop and we are currently implementing part of the business plans that we’ve been working on for a while.

As for me, currently helping him to go in the direction that we both agree on with his part of the business. I’ve stopped my workshop for now, at least won’t be shipping internationally until this virus madness ends. The post office is way too slow and is causing unnecessary drama that is being added to our problems .

Meanwhile, there’s plenty of work to do! One reason why I love summer is because of all the herbs that need to be collected! So happy I was able to make lots of spruce buds syrup! Al ready sitting for two weeks now.

I also picked up plenty of Thymus Serpyllum to dry for tea.

This year I was also able to focus more on Dandelion. First time trying to make coffee from dandelion roots! Loved the smell and taste of the coffee so I collected MORE roots!

The process is quite easy: wash them, cut them in small pieces, roast them in a pan in the oven. The taste of the coffee it all depends on how much you roast the roots. Let them cool and put them in your coffee grinder. You can make the coffee with your espresso machine, I personally prefer to make it the traditional way- in a pot on the stove.

Then I also home made tomato sauce . I like to froze it in cubes, wrap each cube individually and store them in the freezer.

And because it is summer I’m oriented on greens and simple light foods. I don’t know why I’m losing appetite in summers, or better said – I eat less food and drink lots of water ,tea and fruit juices.

So yesterday I made this yummy tart with herbs from the garden : green onion, green garlic, orach and forest mushrooms.

Cooking

Country style chicken soup with sorrel

I’ve been quite busy gathering herbs, making tinctures, teas and salves. Gardening and preparing the first vegetables for winter also eats up a lot of my time. I wanted to go up in the mountains again this weekend, but it’s pouring outside! I wanted to see what herbs I can gather, so far I’m all stocked up on sorrel, wild garlic, dandelion and nettles.

And since I have so much sorrel, making one of my grandma’s favorite chicken soups was mandatory!

This soup is perfect for rainy, gloomy days.

So first thing’s first – a chicken was sacrificed for this soup. Other ingredients from the garden: carrots (2), onion (1 ), garlic (2-3 cloves), parsnip (1), root celery (half from a small one). And of course the star of this dish : a hand full of fresh picked sorrel.

For those who don’t know this magnificent herb , sorrel is packed with lots of vitamins and minerals and it is a strong antioxidant . It helps with blood pressure, bad cholesterol and detoxification of the entire body.