Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Rawsomely Garden Fresh
I'm so excited to see green stuff growing in my garden... and it's not just weeds! Yesterday I trimmed my first batch of Mesclun Greens and made a big salad for lunch and a little side salad for tonight's dinner.
Nothing you buy in the grocery store, not even organic, comes close to how delicious and delicate these leaves are. They're loaded with water and the sun's energy, and they're sweet, too. Without sounding all new agey and mystical, they really do feel like a life force is entering your body. In a good way.
I also made a creamy cashew dill dressing to drizzle on top. The dill was also fresh from my garden, and the flavor was light and refreshing, unlike the dill you get at the grocery store which I often think has a flavor reminiscent of gasoline. This was pure dill, and heavenly, too.
Yesterday's lunch was topped with an avocado. There's nothing better than sitting outside on the deck in the sunshine, eating a meal made from produce that you pick with your own hands right out of your garden that you planted. And as I sat munching away, I thanked the sun, the rain, the compost, the seeds, and the alchemy that brought it all together in the form of lettuce on my plate.
Tonight's salad had the same dressing, a few remaining greens, a handful of snap peas also from my garden, and some grilled tofu leftover from Father's Day. Pretty nice way to start the summer.