I will be posting some Native American recipes you may like to try. I will start off with recipes containing Sunflower seeds. Koowomantam(Enjoy)!
Sunflower Seed Cakes/Sunflower Bannock (Algonquin speaking tribes)
3 cups Sunflower seeds, shelled (fresh or dried)
3 cups water
6 tbsp fine Cornmeal
2 tsp maple syrup or honey
1/2 cup Sunflower oil
Bring water to a boil in a heavy saucepan; reduce heat. Add the seeds and simmer, covered, for 1 hour. Strain the seeds and grind.
Make a stiff dough by mixing in the cornmeal and syrup, alternating,1 tablespoon at a time. Shape into firm, flat cakes 3-inches in diameter.
Heat oil in a heavy skillet; brown cakes in the oil on both sides. Drain on brown paper and serve hot. Makes 15 cakes.
Sunflower Coffee (Many Eastern Tribes)
Roast the hulls and seeds; grind. Measure and brew as you would regular coffee.
Sunflower Tobacco (Many Eastern Woodland Tribes)
Dry leaves and use in place of tobacco.
Hickory Nut-Corn Pudding (Eastern Algonquin speaking tribes, Cherokee and Creek)
3/4 cup Hickory nuts, roasted, shelled and chopped
1½ cups Corn, cooked
2 tbsp nut butter
1 cup boiling water
2 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp fine Cornmeal
1/4 cup Sweet Goldenrod blossoms
Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine 1/2 a cup Hickory nut meats, corn, nut butter, water, eggs, honey, cornmeal and Sweet Goldenrod blossoms thoroughly and pour into a well-greased casserole. Sprinkle the top with 1/4 cup Hickory nut meats and bake for 1 hour. Serve hot. Makes 6 servings.