|Umbilicus rupestris (navelwort, penny-pies, wall pennywort). A yummy succulent for winter salads|
After getting Seamus and Fionn from the mini school bus the other evening we relished the warm winter sun (temps well into the 60s) on a walk with Gloria to the spring for some fresh source water. It was Seamus's idea to stop on the way to pick some fresh nombrils de Venus (which translates beautifully to "Venus bellybuttons") for that night's salad.
|Seamus and Fionn pick greens.|
|Still-life Bounty: someone's gotta paint these|
|Fionn and Seamus love to gather wild food|
Penny-pies (as they are called in English) grow all over our village in late autumn and winter on the walls, stone steps, and along the base of houses (avoid if within reach of dog wee). They taste like sprouts, great with a garlicky lemon mustard seed dressing.
They also have a medicinal use -- applied topically, their juice is used by locals to banish warts.
|Gloria learning young to live off the land|
|A fresh finish to split pea fritters, red pepper relish and tahini dressing|
Stay tuned for more "Life in Labastide" entries... the reasons we love living where we do, and part of what makes La Muse an amazing experience.