"Mum, can I make lunch today?"
Brassica greens? Yes. Oooo . . . carrots! Grab the spade, and wiggle those orange brilliants out of the earth. (I actually forgot about those? ! ) Bright green basil, pinched off at the secondary apical meristem sent me into heaven. I could already see the pesto.
Next choice: polenta, quinoa, or rice? Well, it's not too hard to figure that one out. Polenta takes far too long, and I was short on time. Quinoa . . . I'd have a male mutiny on my hands. Rice. Quick, easy, and nutritious.
Oldest Sister entered the kitchen as I started my lunch expedition. "Can I help you?"
Barefoot Girl: "Um, I'm kinda similar to a mad scientist right now. I know that I am doing something; I'm just not sure what that is. So, I really can't assign you anything, because I don't even know what I'm supposed to be making. Thanks for the offer, though."
With a little help from John Denver, enormous amounts of brainstorming, and trying so darned hard to think like my creative friend Melody when it came to pairing flavors, I managed to get to that point where you yell "Lunch is ready. Come and get it." (Or not.)
This is what I made. It's really simple, but it filled me with such joy. I had seen nearly half of it come from our garden, into the kitchen, and I was so ready to watch my family eat. (However, I realized that it might creep them out if I just sat there and stared as they cautiously brought forkfuls to their mouths. So I grabbed a plate, too, and carefully stole sneak peaks at the First Bites. Nobody choked, spat it out, or frisbeed their plates at me. Success!)
Fresh from the garden.
slices would have been torture without it.
of the brassica greens!
dressing so as not to drown out the delicate carrot
flavor. Aren't the lemon zests and peas kinda cute?
It was rather straight foward and simple, but for those who enjoy light, noticeable salad dressings, try blending one apple with the juice of one small lemon and 2-3 tbsp. sunflower oil. Strain the pulpy mixture through a very fine mesh colander, until you have a white, milky juice. Drizzle this over any salad. It's delicious and only slightly nippy.
Hopefully this was inspiring/enjoyable. I'm a foodie at this point, so I could talk about food for ages, and be happy. But after all, that's why I started a cooking blog.
The Barefoot Girl