Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Roasted Dandelion Root Ice Cream

 With all of my dandelion root powder, I wanted to try making ice cream, from a recipe I found in "The Boreal Herbal," by Beverley Gray. It is a basic custard recipe with 2 tbsp of roasted dandelion root powder added in. I froze it in my freezer and took it out at intervals to whip.

 This guy really enjoyed it! It has a really nice flavour to it. It is supposed to be somewhat mocha-y, but I'm not sure I would describe it that way. It almost has a vanilla flavour to it, although no vanilla is added. All in all, it is pretty good and I think I'll make another batch for Cedar's dandelion themed birthday.

 The chicks in the coop are just over a week old and look how many wing and tail feathers they already have!
 They have grown a lot bigger too.
 Mama has become very protective and flies at me if she so much as suspects I am attempting to pick up one of her chicks. It makes the task of cleaning out the food and water every couple of hours more challenging! She is teaching them to scratch and in the process flings wood shavings (and the odd chick who gets in the way!) all over the place, filling up their food and water dish. But it is so neat to observe her teaching them. She uses a special sound, one I have never heard any of my chickens use before, to gather them over if she finds a tasty morsel in the sawdust. When the chicks hear that noise, they run over to her beak, like iron filings drawn to a magnet. And she lets them eat it up instead of eating it herself. I have even seen her give a gentle peck, pushing aside one eager chick who was the first to eat the morsel time and again, giving the others a chance at it.
When I check up on them at night, before I got to bed, it is neat to see them cuddled together. I've even seen a couple of chicks climb up on her back and nestle in.
 I opened the door to the coop this morning, to give her a little time in the run. She hopped down and started scratching, calling to her chicks to join her. But the chicks stayed up in the coop, either daunted by the drop to the ground or afraid of me and the other chicken on the other side of the wire. After a minute of foraging by herself, the mama flew back up into the coop. But before she flew in, she flew up once in front of the doorway, making a racket. I think she was making sure that none of the chicks would be in her way when she went up, by scaring them back.
The eggs in my incubator have 5 days left and I can see them wiggling all on their own. How exciting to have chicks hatching out for Easter!

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