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Three Greens - Red Dandelion, Broad Beans, Pea Shoots
Three Greens
I have just taken delivery of my first Vegetable Box from Local Tastes. As well as eggs, spinach and potatoes the box has two huge bunches of pea shoots, red dandelion and lettuce. Help needed - hence the call to the blog worlds cooks - what can I do with this lot? Any ideas?

All were picked, laid or dug-up this morning. Do you eat all the pea shoots or remove the stalks? Do you cook dandelion leaves? Can I use the bean pods for anything? I have no idea...

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Ooh! Lovely!

You should use the shoots and dandelion leaves raw in a salad. Delicious with a light oil and lemon dressing. I know they were common as such in medieval times. If you really really prefer your greens cooked then only blanch them very briefly. And unless the stalks are woody or taste unpleasant I would eat them too.

If you simmer the chopped up bean pods in water for half an hour or so, then discard them it's a good base for soup or sauce without making a stronger vege stock. That's the only use I've ever made/heard for pea or bean pods. Hope this helps!

I have emailed you a recipe for a watercress and cress tart. You could substitute spinich and the dandelions for the watercress.

Sorry! Is it all gone? If not, then yes, they can be eaten raw in salad. You can eat the whole pea shoot, either raw or cooked very briefly - eg they are a good addition to a stir fry. Dandelion leaves, if you haven't eaten them already, are slightly bitter, so good with a sweetish dressing or something rich and earthy - bacon, perhaps? HTH!