This is a week of firsts. I have had lots of new and exciting experiences. all of which were extremely cheep, if not free. I wanted to enjoy the sunshine that has suddenly appeared and i needed to do some gardening. I decided to dig out a few dandelions to make coffee and salad. Yet, with some help from my sister and a few recipe suggestions i managed to create: a jar of cough syrup, a jar of dandelion Liqueur which will be ready in 4 weeks (I will let you know when i try it), two frozen boxes of pasta, coffee for four and a very happy bunny. I dug up the plant including the roots and spent a very productive time in the kitchen doing some experimental cooking. However i fed my first batch of pasta to 4 of us and everyone enjoyed it.

I used the recipe from http://ediblewildplants.wordpress.com/2010/04/09/dandelion-pasta-and-garlic-mustard-pesto/
for the pasta but substituted my own sauce for the pesto. I used the dandelion stalks, garlic, red onion, chilli and oil to coat the pasta and make very happy students.

The other recipes were taken from http://wildcraftvita.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/things-to-do-with-dandelions.html
It was a fantastic day, I got to enjoy the sunshine, spend time in the garden and got plenty of exercise whilst weeding definitely preferable to the gym.

this is the first of what i hope will be many posts. My aim is to enjoy as much as possible for as little as possible. Anything free i want to try. making my last uni year more exciting without breaking the bank.

hope you have a fantastic week and i will let you know how i get on.