gailmom (gailmom) wrote in garden_ladies,

F(e)asting Report

Not bad, really, for so early in the season. Thank heaven for poultry though. :P

Best flavor today: mint squared/sweet herb tea (it was better after steeping and cooling, I've been drinking it constantly today)

Thing most missed: cheese!!!!!

Also fruit, but mostly cuz I always crave fruit when I'm ill.

Breakfast: chicken eggs, scrambled with African Blue Basil, tea, water, (pill taken: though part of me snickered and went "I didn't grow these here")

Snack: hard boiled duck egg. Turns out the girls had 15 unfertilized eggs in there. I stole them all and moved the ducks to the chicken pen*, since at this rate if they lay any fertilized eggs they won't finish brooding in time for me to use the pen for the pullets.

I wish pics could capture how very yellow this yolk is. Such a watery nest. ;P

Dinner: greens, lightly steamed with rosemary in the water; mint, dandelion, curly and flat leaved parsley, chives, arugula, wood sorrel, and chrysanthemum, dandelion, and marigold petals, served with sliced hard boiled duck eggs.

Not bad really.

*In fact, if Lucy hadn't gotten loose during the pen change and wasn't currently hanging out on the roof, I would call this a good day. As it is, I'm very tense and worried and finding it hard to celebrate the fact I didn't go very hungry. I've left the old duck pen open, with food and water, in the hopes she will come down to roost...or for breakfast in the morning, but I don't expect she will come back to me and it is breaking my heart. :(

For those who would also like to eat petals, I recommend this site as a good beginning. I like their chart and reference it often. :)
Tags: ducks, eggs, friday f(e)asting, herbs
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Fantastic! You did great! I'm very interested in the eating petals thing. Anything to help fill out the menu is good.

My polyculture is continuing to sprout like crazy. Because I moved the soil around after weeding it before I planted the seeds, I have no idea which plants are food and which aren't. The fastest growing ones are clearly radishes, which previously haven't done well here. However, there are literally several hundred plants, if not more, growing in the bed, so I'll start eating the tiny green to thin the herd once I have some idea what is what.

Growing this way is fun!

How can you tell if the eggs are fertilized or not. Because they don't hatch, presumably?
If you wait long enough to know they didn't hatch, for pete's sake don't eat em! ;P

No, I candled them. With a flashlight. Then, because I have no experience candling I hard boiled them...on the theory that, if I'm gonna open an egg and find a partially grown duckling, I want it to be hard boiled, not raw. ~shudders~

So far, candling seems to have been accurate, no hard boiled duck embryo has ruined my lunch yet. :P
I remember reading about candling in Story's Book of Chickens. I haven't tried it since then, though it's useful for determining which eggs are the best ones to hard-boil.

I've now caught up with my chickens, so I'm waiting on them to make me more eggs! I'm not sure they'll be able to outrun me again, especially because spottedvasa's chicken is probably approaching two years old. I refuse to get any more until I make a completely new chicken coop, which I might have time to start once AstroMiner ships.