Thursday, July 8, 2010

From the Garden and Today's Meals

Today wasn't a particularly bountiful day with the garden, but only because I've been picking lettuce leaves for salads every other day.  The salad mix greens have gone to seed with this sudden bout of warm weather.  Because of it, I pulled them out and fed them to the chickens.  The chickens were thankful.  In their place, I planted the lilac peppers in my square foot garden. (By the way, you can check out: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!  I have an earlier copy of this book that I've followed to make my garden.

I checked the strawberries that have been growing more or less wild out in the front of my house.  While I do have a strawberry container, the "wild" ones have enough of a start to where I can pick them.  Lastly, the chamomile in my garden has blossomed again, so I picked the flowers.

If you look at the plate, you'll see the lettuce I picked in the bag, a cherry tomato, my free strawberries, and the chamomile flowers.  I looked at the fruit in the fridge and decided to make a breakfast fruit salad for tomorrow. I had originally gotten the idea when I saw that my sister had made my dad fruit salad for breakfast.  I realized that this was an easy way to get fruit in my diet while still maintaining a fair amount of convenience.  As I raided the fridge, I realized I had organic blueberries, half of an organic cantaloupe, some organic peaches that were trying to die on the counter and, of course, strawberries.  So, I whipped up a quick fruit salad and you can now see the results:

Looks pretty tasty, doesn't it?  Now, I have fruit to go with my yogurt or granola.  Follow the link for breakfast fruit salad for a slightly bigger and more interesting salad.

Dinner tonight required me making risotto. I had sugar snap peas from the farmer's market that needed to be used up.  I used that plus marjoram, oregano and parsley from my garden and green onion and bacon from the farmer's market.  Here's the bacon and sugar snap pea recipe.  If you're looking for something a little healthier, check out my healthy risotto recipes here.

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