By Addie Broyles – American-Statesman Staff
It’s a Tuesday, and Georgia Pellegrini is coming off a three-day technology fast.
The East Austinite is in the middle of a media blitz for her latest book, “Modern Pioneering,” which included the Austin Food & Wine Festival last weekend, a visit from a production crew from “The Chew” and a photo shoot in the woods with fellow hunter-author Jesse Griffiths.
Dandelion Green Salad with Pancetta and Pistachios
Dandelion greens are incredibly nutritious, with more protein than spinach and a high calcium and iron content. You will find them in early spring and summer in fields, in gardens and wherever you see bright yellow dandelions. The leaves have sharp triangular points, and the stem excretes a milky sap when torn. If you come upon dandelions but no daylilies, feel free to substitute any other edible flowers or leave them out altogether. Dandelion greens can be too bitter for some palates, but no more than other greens like arugula, escarole, endive or watercress, which are an easy substitution if you can’t find dandelion greens. You could even use spinach in a pinch.
1/4 cup diced pancetta or guanciale (or bacon)
4 Tbsp. unsalted pistachios
2 cups chopped dandelion greens
Daylily or dandelion flowers
1/4 medium red onion, very thinly sliced or shaved
In a medium saute pan, render the guanciale or pancetta over low heat until it becomes crispy, stirring regularly, about 10 minutes. Add the pistachios and stir for about two minutes more.
Add the dandelion greens, flowers and onions, and remove them from the heat.
Toss the contents of the pan in the pork fat until the greens and onions wilt slightly, then transfer to a large bowl or platter and serve warm. Serves 4 as a side dish.
— From “Modern Pioneering: More Than 150 Recipes, Projects, and Skills for a Self-Sufficient Life” by Georgia Pellegrini (Clarkson Potter, $24)
Georgia Pellegrini and Austin Tidbits are hosting a book signing from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the W Austin’s rooftop deck that will feature cocktails and a demonstration on how to make tinted lip gloss. Tickets cost $40 and include a copy of the book. You can buy tickets and find information at gotidbits.com/austin.