13 Aug

last night was club night. our hostesses were sue, ginny and jean. we had a WILD time. 🙂

wild “a little on the WILD side – Dinner”

Italian Lemonade – a base of Basil Simple Syrup

Green Olive & Goat Cheese Crostini – Enhanced with Fennel & Thyme

Purslane Salad – Featuring Arugula & chick Peas

Grilled Chicken with Fresh Honeydew Salsa – Cilantro Sparks the Topping

Stuffed Squash Blossoms – Baked with Taleggio Cheese & Almonds

Pound Cake with Bluberries & Lavender Syrup – Mild & Flavorful Finale!


and oh my did we ever ENJOY.

wild1 sue found this book “abundantly wild”.

it’s all about stuff we normally avoid eating.

like weeds and things that gardeners work really hard to pull out of their gardens. not that i have personal experience with that!

i guess the morning of the party, sue must have gone out to her garden and weeded it, gathered up the purslane and made a salad out of it.

wild2 yep, that’s purslane, just in case you wanna make your own salad.

kinda puts my bag o lettuce salad to shame!

hang on, there was more to this wilding that just rabbit food!

wilding4 the main attraction folks. it was delicious.

crisp constini, tender chicken with a sassy salsa. and flowers.

yes i said flowers. a stuffed squash blossom and a real flower.

and i ate it. and liked it!

i wasn’t 100% sure i would, but i DID wake up this morning. and i feel fine!

wild5 and the grand finale! oh was this ever delicious!

i tell you what, martha has NOTHING on ginny, jean or sue!

wild3 here we are before getting started.

we each had a potted “herb” at our place setting for us to take home.

it was great fun to sit around the table and catch up on everyone’s life…who’s been camping and what FRESH things they do while camping, who’s expecting new babies in the family (those 2 are not necessarily related) who’s building houses, trips that are being planned and trips that have been taken, and the dogs and men in our lives (again, not one and the same necessarily!)

THANKS so much girls for the fun time!  we are a wild bunch huh!


22 Responses to “wilding”

  1. freda1951 August 13, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    Looks like lots of fun for a girls night out.

    • myolivebranch August 14, 2009 at 6:19 am #

      it really was fun freda. definitely different grub than i usually eat!

  2. Cynthia August 13, 2009 at 11:35 am #

    Love the photo of Sue’s hands & book!

    • myolivebranch August 14, 2009 at 6:16 am #

      me too!

  3. grapegrower August 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    that looks like one great meal. lucky you! purslane is known as pigweed here. grows in our vege garden as a weed. will have to try a salad one day. got all sorts of good things in it. apparently can be cooked and is a substitute for spinach. thanks for sharing!

    • myolivebranch August 14, 2009 at 6:17 am #

      bet you’d like a copy of sue’s book. hmmmm you DO have another birthday shortly (one would think once you got “so old” you’d stop, but nooooo……

  4. sybil August 13, 2009 at 11:01 pm #

    (Grapegrowers other name is CLIFF JUNIOR)

    • myolivebranch August 14, 2009 at 6:16 am #

      i know! how annoying!

      • grapegrower August 14, 2009 at 5:18 pm #

        well someone has to fill in the obvious knowledge gaps so cliff and i provide that service…..and for free too.

  5. Jan August 14, 2009 at 6:53 am #

    You have the most fun group of friends!! Lucky you!! Thanks for the field trip!!

    • myolivebranch August 14, 2009 at 9:45 pm #

      they are a fun bunch!

  6. Susie August 14, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    OK, where’s the OTHER pic – you know which one I mean! (insert flower – take bite 🙂

    • myolivebranch August 14, 2009 at 9:48 pm #

      yeah yeah, i know. i was all bummed out. none of THOSE pics turned out. must have been the lighting. 🙂

  7. Christine Olson August 14, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    Looks deelish! Unfortunately, I don’t think I care to forage in our yard for dinner. The dog pees on everything! I don’t think any amount of washing could rinse away that image. VBG

    • myolivebranch August 14, 2009 at 9:45 pm #

      thanks for putting THAT image in my head.

  8. Kelly August 14, 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    I agree with Christine – I’ve seen way to many a legs lifted in my garden – lots and lots of weeds and delish I’m sure but not going to try. Don’t think I would have been as brave as you – I’m still looking at my Mango and knowing I just have one more day to eat it.

    • myolivebranch August 14, 2009 at 9:46 pm #

      oh for crying in the soup. EAT THE MANGO! it won’t kill you!

      • sybil August 14, 2009 at 11:05 pm #

        yeah…..what SHE said……sheesh…….

  9. grapegrower August 15, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    yeah! what they both said!

  10. Kelly August 17, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    Okay, I ate the _ _ _ _ mango and I lived – can’t decide if I liked it but I have another one so I can try that later.

    • sybil August 18, 2009 at 12:16 am #

      good girl! Actually, I think papaya is better than mango – it doesn’t have that semi-weird taste….and it is sweeter. I like the IDEA of eating mango but I’m never too thrilled with the flavor.

  11. Becca August 18, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    OMG I am so hungry right now. Sad thing is I just ate.lol. What an awesome party. I am gonna steal that herb idea.What a great party favour.

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