For the Love of Greens

Posted on July 11, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Plants | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Food - Greens TreatMy garden greens have gone nuts this summer!  This is a mouthful of interesting flavors:  1 leaf each of kale, lettuce, garlic chive, and sorrel.  Wow, what a pop in the mouth!

Food - Lettuce harvestHere is my enormous harvest just soaked, spun and about to get packed into a bucket for the refrigerator.  I love that even though I live in a woods, greens don’t need full sun to grow.  The lettuce, sorrel, and chives all returned on their own, too.  The lettuce is trying hard to get to flower and seed, but I keep cutting it before that can happen.  I think I might get one more cutting before I will have to let it go.  That’s ok, it will pay me back next year with all the dropped seed coming up again!

Food - Lettuce harvest 2This is the best laugh.  I’ve rescued a bucket from a local bakery’s recycling bin.  The bucket originally held “E-Z Use Garlic Spread.”  First ingredient?  Partially hydrogenated oil – yuck!  Not anymore – now it’s filled with gorgeous greens ready to eat.  It’s now the E-Z Use Green Bucket!

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Sorrel Delights from the Spring Garden

Posted on May 29, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health, Plants | Tags: , , , |

Plants - Buckler Sorrel           Plants - Buckler Sorrel 2

This pretty little plant, the sorrel, buckler variety, comes back every year and spreads itself in a friendly way.   When I’m out harvesting rhubarb these days I regularly grab a few handsful of this little plant.  One taste and you are wowed because it’s a quick slap of lemony brightness.  Salads are an easy place for them, but lately I’ve been whirring them into fruit/veggie smoothies right along with some fresh rhubarb.  The combination of the lemony and tart along with some sweet fruit is magical!  Next I want to try some in a fresh sauce for cooked beans or asparagus.  Doesn’t that sound good?  If you don’t have a buckler sorrel you might like to get one in this year.  It will pay you back for many years to come!

On a side note, today is my 100th post!  Thank you to all my dear readers and followers.  I’m delighted that anyone finds anything I write to be helpful.

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