Flower Frittata (Chamomile)

July is the month of flowers in my garden. Overnight everything bursts into bloom. Salads, ice water, and desserts all become the perfect culinary canvas upon which to apply a bit of color. This flower filled and topped meal features several edible varieties. It is best to use fresh blossoms rather than dried.

Gluten and Dairy free Crustless Quiche/Frittata

Preheat oven to 350.

Bring to boil 2 cups of water and cook 1 cup of dried lentils. Cook for 20 minutes until just done. Meanwhile pick your flowers and….

To a blender add…..

1/2 cup of whole cashews (not roasted or salted)

6 eggs

1/2 cup of milk/substitute

Blend until smooth and there are no visible cashew pieces.

Finely chop 1/2 an onion and saute until soft

Grease a glass pie pan.

Thinly slice 1-2 red potatoes. Lay then out closely on the bottom of the pan one layer deep. Add the onions.

Scatter 1/2 cup of the cooked brown lentils on top.

Sprinkle a selection of small edible flowers (arugula, mustard, chive, sage, chopped dandelion, calendula petals, chamomile, or violets.

Top that with 2 TBSp finely chopped basil or nasturtium leaves.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Grate 1/2 cup of American cheese or substitute on top. I like the Follow Your Heart brand as it melts well and does not contain soy or corn.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, until the top is set and does not wobble.

Once cooled, as a garnish arrange larger/whole edible flowers arranged in a mandala or “picture” (nasturtiums, malva, red clover, marshmallow, leek, pansies, etc.) for decoration. Eat immediately . Serves four people.

Matricaria chamomilla

There is a hint of sweetness in this pie. It comes from chamomile that just almost smells of apple.

Matricaria reduces inflammation, clearing toxins and heat. Chamomile has a history of being used as a sedative for insomnia and anxiety. It is very well suited for restless, nervous and hyperactive kids. A weak tea has been used to support cranky, teething, and colicky babies or reduce nightmares and bedwetting in children. A study shows that this herb acts on the smooth muscle of the intestines and uterus, helping them relax and stop spasming/cramping. The flowers of this plant have been used to treat ulcers, gas, heartburn, morning sickness, IBS, indigestion, diarrhea and other digestive upsets. Herbalists use this plant for menstrual pain and migraines related to PMS/hormone shifts. It is thought that chamomile can reduce the pain of rheumatism, sciatica, and lumbago. Inhaling the stream from an infusion clears phlegm and may reduce the symptoms of asthma.

Contraindications-avoid large doses in pregnancy. Do not use if you are allergic to ragweed or other members of the daisy/aster family.

Have you ever used chamomile in a meal? What was the recipe?

Published by blackbirdsbackyard

My backyard botanical pharmacy is located in Boulder Colorado. I began studying herbal medicinewhen I was 12 years old. In college I studied subjects like anthropology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, After graduation I decided to go to midwifery school. I attended births and had a small practice until I retired early in order to be a mother full time. I have always had an herb garden, gathered plants and made my own healing formulas with plants. Over the last 30 years there have been many teachers and I have attended dozens of workshops. I am one of those people who is always reading, studying and learning. In 2019 I was called to practice as an herbalist professionally, using "plant spirit medicine" and bio-energetic ( 5 element)healing techniques. I feel that there is a big need in the community for my skills and talents. I hope to inspire others to start their own backyard pharmacies as a solution to species extinction and the healthcare crisis in America. Healing has also become a spiritual practice and way for me to feel balanced and connected with nature. I consult with clients in person, teach classes (adults and kids), give tours of my garden and offer apprenticeships. Health, joy, meaning, and support are everyone's birthright.

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