Chicken soup without chicken

I realized that I have walked past this bright coloured huge mushroom 100 times without knowing it´s edible. Chicken-of-the-woods (Laetiporus sulphureus) grows everywhere, mostly on old or almost dead oak, aspen or white willow trees in spring and summertime.

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Sugared mallow blossoms

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Common mallow(Malva sylvesteris)

It´s easy to make sugared petals but it adds a lot of colour and some extra floral vibes to your bakes. I used mallow flowers because that´s what blossomed near me at that time. You can aslo use other flowers:

  • Rosehip or rose(Rosa)
  • Johnny Jump up heartsease(Viola tricolor)
  • Daylili(Hemerocallis)
  • Pumpkin blossoms (Cucurbita pepo)
  • Garden phlox(Phlox paniculata)
  • Lemon-scented geranium(Pelargonium crispum),
  • Rose Geranium(Pelargonium graveolens)
  • Peppermint-scented geranium(Pelargonium Tomentosum)

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Raspberry-leaf chai

I tried that famous Russian ivan chai first time couple of years ago and thought I had found another one to call my favorite tea. I used to(still do) love Greek shepherd’s tea(Sideritis) but it isn´t always that easy to find it in fresh quality. I don´t mind classical fermented eastern teas but as I´m sensitive to caffeine I can´t enjoy them in the evening unless I want to stay up until morning. I tryed to ferment raspberry leaves and I totally adore the taste of that tea now.

We have always gathered wild raspberry leaves and sometimes even the whole braches in springtime to make a detoxing and energizing tea. Raspberries are one of the first ones here to open it´s leaves and as it´s growing so rapidly everywhere around the island´s sandy pasture lands and  on natural hugelbeds (et. sakla vallid).

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