SORREL AND A MALE STONECHAT

In this wintery weather today, due to getting a doze of cabin fever, I took a walk along the boreen (little path) and around the block, and past the heathland where there are some Gorse shrubs also. The boreen, which is an unpaved narrow path in rural Ireland, is bordered by lots of lovely vegetation, all sorts of wild plants and Hawthorn trees, lots of Ivy growing all over the hedges, and some Gorse along the way too. Today I found young leaves of the Sorrel plant, this is good as it is an edible plant, though I would not eat it too often as it is so sour. I am taking a lot more notice of these plants right now because of the Herbal course that I am doing, and it is nice to find and identify all sorts of plants so close to home.  As it happens I checked out Wikipedia and found some interesting information on how Sorrel is used in different countries, as in soups and stews and others, very interesting.  For example;  I never realised that Toor Dal contained Sorrel as well as yellow Lentils.  In my search I came across an excellent recipe for Toor Dal by the way, with a video to follow, it looks so delicious.  It I found here:  http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/toor-dal-tadka
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A little further along the walk I spotted a bird which I normally do not see in our gardens, and which does not frequent our bird tables. It was the little male Stonechat, a beautiful little bird about the size of a sparrow. Total black head and light brown chest. It was fluttering from shrub to shrub. I tried to take a photo for the record but my mobile phone did not catch it right.  But I looked it up in one of our bird books, an excellent guide this one; it is called: ‘Ireland’s Garden Birds’ by Oran O’Sullivan & Jim Wilson.  I found the bird in there, and then went and checked Wikipedia which gave me good information too.

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11 thoughts on “SORREL AND A MALE STONECHAT

    1. Yes, apparently you can use them in soup, and also even in mashed potatoes, with bacon or so (that is a Belgian recipe) 🙂 Lovely to see these wild foods grow isn’t it.

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  1. You really make me want to visit Ireland even more so than I did before! We’re getting a tiny dose of winter here in San Diego. Even some snow in places that haven’t had it in 20 years!

    By the way, I’ve nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award! Come visit Mind Your Dirt for the details! Happy New Year my friend!

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    1. Thank you so much for nominating my blog for the Lovely Blog Award, I am both humbled and totally delighted. I will have to wait until tomorrow to respond properly. Meanwhile wishing you a Wonderful New Year. Start of a brand new year is great for dreams and wishes!

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  2. I love the *darkness* of your sorrel, very similar to that of silver beet here in New Zealand. I’m growing sorrel in 3 different parts of my garden and the nearby community garden, each with different soil, and it’s very pale in all of them. Wondering now whether there are various kinds of sorrel–

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    1. Hi Marian, great to hear your story about Sorrel. I guess that the type of soil would influence the plant, but there are quite a few different types of Sorrel, there is one here with larger leaves and they are a lot lighter too. Do you cook with them?

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      1. Ah, I guess I have a different type than you. When I have more, I’ll use it in a salad with other greens like shepherd’s purse, and give some to a friend who makes juices. I was thrilled to learn that sorrel’s a perennial.

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  3. Tasty new foods and lovely little birds, it really is a brand-new year out there and I can see that you’re already making the most of it. That really is a sweet looking little bird. So congratulations on the award nomination and I hope you had a wonderful first day of the year. I’ll read you later.

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    1. Thank you David. After a blustery and rainy start yesterday, the sun is out today and all feels much lighter, a good start to 2015! 🙂

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