2015 Garden in Review

2015 Garden in Review

With 2015 wrapped up and tucked away, I thought I’d share some photos of my garden, lessons I learned along the way, and the dreams bouncing around in my head for this coming year. When I started building raised beds last spring, I thought to myself… This is going to be my first real garden. It’s going to be neat and tidy, and I’ll be organized, and all the little plants will line up in a row and I’ll have time to cook a delicious, home grown meal every night. Yeah, right. What actually ended up happening: I had home grown plants (they grew everywhere, bunched up in the corners and some of them falling over on top of themselves….. not in neat little rows) and I ate home grown food. Not a fully cooked meal every night though. Usually, it was just munching on cherry tomatoes from the vine when I was frantically running around with a watering can, trying to make it to work on time. I learned 3 very important lessons from last year’s garden: 1. There’s no such thing as a real garden. All gardens are real. Put some herbs in a pot on your porch – that’s a garden. Plant arugula seeds near the fencing in your yard – that’s a garden. Grow microgreens and you have a garden. I won’t fool myself anymore into thinking that I need to have a designated space for growing. It’s certainly nice, and slightly easier to keep weeded. But completely unnecessary. Any amount of growing your own food is now in my mind a real garden. 2....
4th of July. Pavlova and Berries. Aquafaba.

4th of July. Pavlova and Berries. Aquafaba.

Fourth of July – a holiday that’s on fire. We light up the grill, we sit around bonfires and watch fireworks and we remember a day, when soldiers fought with loud, smokey firearms for our freedom. And we celebrate – relaxing and staring into the burning embers. Today I’m grateful for all that it means to be an American. Or live in America. Freedom to work where I want, love who I want, celebrate however I want, and of course.. eat how and what and when (and as much!) as I want! This Pavlova recipe will keep you cool after a long, hot afternoon around the BBQ. Plus it fits the required Independence Day color scheme. Light and refreshing and covered in summer berries. Life. Just. Doesn’t. Get. Much. Better. A few weeks ago, this strange ingredient, aquafaba, started to show up on recipes floating around the internet. At first, I ignored them. It seemed a little strange… then my curiosity kicked in. How and why and how on earth is this possible? Not to mention, could it EVER taste good? I was in disbelief. So, I had to try it myself out of sheer curiosity. I decided to make an aquafaba based Pavlova, which is basically a meringue layered with cream and berries. Hello – yum! It’s more traditional of Australia, but those folks from Down Under sure have got there dessert priorities straight. I will say, the aquafaba-based Pavlova came out better than I could have imagined. Not only does it taste like meringue, it has the same texture and none of my guinea pigs could tell...