...sometimes even a single feather is enough to fly. (Robert Maclean)


shiitake nettle quiche

shiitakes +  nettles
 super healthy + super delicious

They go really well together, tempering each other.
nettles have a very "green" taste
and the buttery meaty shiitakes balance out the nettles,
making a super delicious spring quiche.


It feels extra special 
when so many of the main ingredients
were grown right here at home...!

nettles: from the gardens
shiitakes: from our innoculated mushroom logs (thanks Edible Acres!)
eggs: from our flock of hennies

and the rest:
raw milk from our local dairy share
local flour and butter and cheese

We're so fortunate to have all of this edible local bounty!

 Clara getting cozy with the shiitake logs...

At first I thought I was coming into the kitchen
to see a bowl full of fresh-from-the-oven cookies...
 Nope.  Fresh from the log shiitakes.
These shiitakes got a little overly-mature on their logs, 
and got a little more sun than they should have had... still totally wonderful.
(You can read a little about the purported health benefits of shiitakes here.)
 Young stinging nettle tops.

FYI:  wear very thick, preferably leather gloves when you harvest nettles.
They "bite" you if you're not careful... and the sting really lingers!

Here's a link to an article from Mother Earth News (in 1981!) 
about the amazingness of nettles.  Click here.

 beautiful saute

(and there were some cookies after all, too!) 
quiche + cookies = weekend happiness


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