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State of the Garden (and Pesto)

What I harvested between a morning thunderstorm and starting my day’s work.  Pesto for dinner was not optional.  Along with the basil, I used leaves from the celery and some of the scallion greens, along with garlic from a friend’s garden.  Instead of pine nuts, I used a combination of hemp hearts and walnuts, which together give a similar smoothness as pine nuts, but nutritionally richer and much less expensive.

morning harvest


Morning Puja

This morning, after I stretched and then sat for meditation, I went out in the garden.  I watered and weeded.  I picked greens and herbs and cherry tomatoes to bring to work as part of my lunch.

I usually work from home on Friday, but had to go in for an intense series of meetings.

I picked these glorious turnips for our office administrative assistant.  She is now the only support person in our office, and she is thus unsupported herself.  She enjoys when I share edibles from the garden.



State of the Garden (and a Dinner for Friends)


Garden greens with baby carrots and sprouted beluga lentils, with Dijon mustard vinaigrette; spring onion and quinoa torte with eggs from my friend’s hens. Black olives, roasted soy nuts for salad as diners choose, tarragon and mint to refresh palate.  Cool herbal infusion (peppermint, spearmint, anise hyssop, and lemon balm). Wine and dessert not shown.


State of the Garden

One of the key teachings about yoga sadhana (practice) is that results best or sometimes only can possibly come with steady commitment for a long period of time.

The red maple in my front garden (really more of a giant tree box) was barely the height of the porch roof when I bought my house.  Now, almost 25 years later, it is as tall as the house.  And even more stunningly, blazingly, Kali-like red every fall.

red maple


Last Year’s Kale

To make room to plant seeds and seedlings of the cool weather greens, today I pulled most of the kale that overwintered.  I’m not quite sure how it survived even the visitation of the polar vortices, but my garden is its own private mystery.

Uma’s not sure whether the kale is any good, but it is actually neither too bitter, nor too tough to be edible, though it will need to be picked over well and would be best cooked thoroughly.

To go with the kale, keeping in mind the next wintry front coming through, I am soaking chickpeas overnight.  Tomorrow I will braise the kale with wine, garlic, rosemary, and onions, and then stew it together with the chickpeas.  The combination of braising and stewing will make tenderize the kale, but still keep it  flavorful.

With what I planted new today, the next time it is feeling spring-like, there should be some tender new greens to pick and taste.

kale 1a kale 1b kale 1c