On Thursdays, I usually play a fun game with my followers on Instagram called "Where in Kansas City am I?" I take a picture and give a hint to the place I'm at, and the players will guess where I am by tagging them. It's a fun way to connect with local businesses and an even more fun way to help me discover new places. The winners get to pick the place I go next! I did not do this today, though...
Today was a dreary spring day, but it was spring nonetheless, and it was not so rainy that I couldn't work a bit in the garden. Even better, a friend in my permaculture/farming group mentioned that they had about twenty bare-root pecan trees to get rid of so of course I had to jump on that.
I had never planned on having pecan trees in my garden, or as a part of my miniature food forest. Then again, I never planned on having a baby or settling down in Kansas City, so here we are. Pecans are fatty and tasty, and although I don't like pecan pie, the wood from a pecan tree is great for craft and building projects, as well as great for use in the smoker. I can also freeze the nutmeats and find ways to use the pecan meal for plenty of yummy things. Finally, the pecan trees were free, which I cannot resist.
Not only did I plant three bare root pecan trees, but I planted the remainder of my cold-weather crops today. After all of that, I wanted so much for something sweet...
|You can, of course, make a big jar of simple syrup using what's there of your spring flowers for use in your coffee and tea, but that does not a meal make|
Let me also go on record in saying that the reason spring is not my favorite season is that there's almost nothing ready to eat in spring aside from flowers and herbs. No potatoes, no pumpkins, no apples, no berries...but that doesn't mean I shouldn't use what's available in my garden anyway.
Lemon balm is one of my early-bird herbs that always show their lovely little heads in the garden first, even before the peppermint comes back. I hadn't ever utilized them in cookies before, so I thought "why not?" These cookies are so comically easy.
Lemon Balm Cookies
- 12-15 leaves of fresh lemon balm
- 1 cup or 7 oz granulated sugar
- 1/3 c or 1 oz powdered sugar
- 5 oz dairy-free butter
- I like Trader Joe's brand and Miyoko's brand
- 1 oz vegan cream cheese
- I still like Trader Joe's brand but, again, Miyoko's is awesome as well
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 Tbsp corn starch
- 2 c or 8 oz flour