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Stephen was keen to make a Mexican dish called Cerdo con Frijoles, but lacked one vital ingredient, Epazote.  It’s an annual herb with a strong flavour, widely used in traditional cuisine throughout central America and the southern United States, and we couldn’t find any local substitute.  Amazingly a woman who runs a restaurant in the Yucatan learned of his dilemma over the internet, and told him that dandelion leaves are an acceptable substitute.  We have a generous source of dandelions in a nearby vacant section, so we went foraging.

Harvesting dandelion leaves

Harvesting dandelion leaves

We enjoyed our dinner, but couldn’t really taste the dandelion.  Another time he’ll add more.

“”Missing ingredients are no bar
when cooking tips come from afar.”

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