Garden Shots

Pea Shoots

I’m so excited every time I look at our garden! These peas are growing so nicely, and I can’t wait to harvest them. Squeeeee!

Lettuce

I’m loving this little, baby lettuce that’s popping-up. It’s not much, but it’s our very first home-grown lettuce in our organic garden.

Carrots

This was the first sprout in the carrot patch. I think my mister buried the little seeds just a touch too far down. ;0)

Sunflower

Our sunflowers are getting bigger, too. There are only three left of the five seedlings that sprouted, but I’ll be happy if only one grows up to greet the sun and beckon little pollinators to our garden. This year it’s really an experimental crop, since we’ve never done it before.

Clover

There are fluffy patches of clover everywhere in the front and back. I hope the bunnies love eating it as much as I love looking at it.

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Carrot Coriander Soup

Carrot Coriander Soup

Thank you to notquitequintessential for the inspiring Carrot and Coriander Soup recipe! *squishy hugs* I didn’t have a potato (there appears to be some kind of funky Organic potato shortage where I am!), so I improvised with a sweet potato. ♥

Carrot Coriander Soup
1 bag baby carrots*
1 medium, diced sweet potato*
1 medium, diced onion*
2-3 cloves minced garlic*
1 handful chopped parsley*
generous additions of dry coriander*
salt and pepper*
oil* for sauteing
water
* = Organic

∴ Saute onion in oil until the bits begin to turn translucent. Add carrots, sweet potato and parsley. Toss to coat and warm. Add garlic, coriander and season to taste. Cover with water, and let it simmer a little while. Enjoy! ♥

Carrot Coriander Soup

A simple saute of the carrots, sweet potato, parsley, oil and seasonings. Yummy!

Carrot Coriander Soup

This recipe was sooooo good. I think coriander is my new favourite spice. *happy dancing*

Good Friday was Bad… a little

Good Friday began quite nicely, actually, nothing major. Slept-in a bit, then made biscuits for my Elflings. They’re addicted. Went to the Farmer’s Market for juicing carrots and baking potatoes. It was awesome! I even found a lovely manioc/cassava/yuca root. I was thrilled, because I hadn’t had “Mandioca Frita” since I was in Brazil… many years ago. In hindsight, I think I was just a little too excited.

Mandioca Frita – Fried Cassava
1-2 mandiocas*
1 small onion*
salt
oil* for frying
* = Organic

 Peel the mandioca/cassava and cut into 3-4 manageable chunks. Boil in salt water with a small onion until fort-tender. Remove the water, and allow to cool so you can handle them. Once they are cool, split them open with your fingers, and peel out the fibrous root-like core in the middle. Continue to split your chunks into smaller, chip-sized pieces. Fry in hot oil until brown, cool on some paper towel and sprinkle with salt.

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Splitting-up the boiled mandioca chunks.

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Chip-sized pieces with the fibrous centres removed.

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Happy little mandioca chucks, frying nicely in boiling hot oil.

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So crunchy and yummy! Super-hoot, too, though. These little suckers retain their heat inside for a lo-ooo-ong time. Take care not to torch your mouth.

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I went on to chop up the boiled onion and sauteed it in some of the remaining frying oil with veg (carrots, brussel sprouts, garlic, salt and pepper) for a side. Chucked in some quinoa, and our supper was lovely. =0)

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Now for the the bad part. Like I’d mentioned above, I was a little too excited to have the mandioca, and at one point while I was frying, I was sloppy. I rushed. Oil splattered. As a result, I burned a couple of my fingers pretty good. No worries! They’re fine, and don’t even hurt a bit… anymore. *happy dancing*