Recipes with Julie Van Rosendaal: Cooking up a solution to creeping bellflower

Is creeping bellflower taking over your yard and garden?

The particularly prolific, invasive weed is a typical stress for Calgary gardeners, who have a tricky time obtaining rid of it as just about every stem produces up to 15,000 seeds.

If you have a good deal of it, there is some superior news: you can take in it.

Creeping bellflower can spread speedily in your back garden. (Wallis Snowdon/CBC)

The leafy greens are mild with not a great deal flavour, which can make them suited for soups, stews, pastas — even salads.

Ideal equally uncooked and cooked, the tender leaves are higher in fibre and vitamin C and could be employed along with other greens and herbs. They can be layered into lasagna, for case in point, or whizzed into pesto with contemporary basil.

The more youthful, smaller sized leaves are far more tender, but even the bigger, a lot more set up crops are high-quality for cooking. And if you hold out prolonged enough, you can have wonderful, purple bell-formed flowers to use as an edible garnish.

We talked about edible weeds on the Calgary Eyeopener this 7 days.

Plantain has flat, easy, ridged dark inexperienced leaves that have a tendency to lie flat on the ground and creep up between sidewalk cracks. (Julie Van Rosendaal)

Look close to your lawn and you may perhaps come across a plethora of other edible crops, also.

Individuals edible weeds consist of dandelions, lambs’ quarters (with textured leaves, they flavor a little bit like nutty spinach), purslane (a world-wide-web of little leaves, it really is significant in omega 3s) and plantain, which has flat, easy, ridged darkish eco-friendly leaves that are inclined to lie flat on the floor and creep up between sidewalk cracks.

Make certain you know what they are and that they haven’t been sprayed with any weed killer, and you could have a no cost provide of fantastic-for-you greens through the summer.

Calgary Eyeopener9:20Julie van Rosendaal on weeds

If you won’t be able to conquer ’em, eat ’em. Julie Van Rosendaal cooks up a resolution to the pernicious metropolis-extensive distribute of creeping bellflower.

Summery Greens Spanakopita

This is a recipe for an uncomplicated spanakopita you can make with any blend of leafy greens and herbs — spinach, kale, chard, creeping bellflower, plantain, fresh new mint, basil, parsley, coriander, and so on.

This is a streamlined way of generating spanakopita. You will find no will need to cook dinner the greens down 1st.

If you like, place a crushed clove of garlic into your ramekin of butter or oil to infuse it right before brushing above your phyllo.

Use up your creeping bellflower by throwing it into a spanakopita. (Julie Van Rosendaal)


  • 8 cups (around) clean greens — spinach, kale, chard, creeping bellflower, plantain, new mint or other herbs
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped (or about ¼ purple onion)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½-1 cup crumbled feta
  • Olive oil, melted butter or a mixture, for drizzling and brushing
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 sheets phyllo pastry, thawed

Preheat your oven to 350 F.

Tear your greens into a huge bowl, insert the shallot, garlic and feta, drizzle generously with oil (or even melted butter), time with salt and pepper and scrunch with your palms to blend anything. Coat it with oil and crack the greens down.

Lay a sheet of phyllo into a baking dish (or deep pie plate) which is about 9-inches in diameter or a equivalent quantity, allowing the extra phyllo cling around the edges.

Brush the bottom (and some of the sides, if you like) with oil or melted butter and put one more sheet on top rated, at a diverse angle so that the sides overhang an uncovered element of the pan.

Brush with butter or oil and top rated with a 3rd piece of phyllo, brushing that, as well (if you like — or skip it).

A glance at an unbaked variation of Julie Van Rosendaal’s spanakopita. (Julie Van Rosendaal)

Pile the scrunched greens into the phyllo, then fold over the sides that are hanging above the edge of the pan. Scrunch three more sheets of phyllo and place them on prime, covering any exposed filling, and brush or drizzle with additional oil or butter.

Bake for about 30 minutes, until deep golden and heated via.

Serves: 6.

Theresa D. Begay

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