I feel so in tune with the cycles of life, with the birthing/mothering and flowering of a fruit/veg, the importance of everything starting from a seed, the cultivation process, and directing prana/chi/sunlight energy to what we want to grow or create by pulling weeds and creating that space for life force to flow. I could go on and on, but alas, you cannot beat eating seasonally and locally for the best health and wellbeing benefits!
We are filled with such a sense of deep appreciation when we bring our harvest basket inside! Then it's time to get creative and cook! Here's what we've been up to:
~We have kale and snap peas coming out of our ears right now! (Below is the pic of the bonus kale that started growing out of our compost pile!!! Wahe Guru!)
Kale is a bitter veg which is known to detox the liver according to Chinese Medicine and Macrobiotics. It helps reduce inflammation in the body and alkalizes the blood which gives you clear skin (more info on that here) and keeps the immune system strong. It's also very cooling and cleansing according to Ayurveda practices, so it's best to eat lots of it in spring and summer to balance pitta and kapha doshas!
Here's what we do with our Harvest:
~We like to make a Kale / Avocado 'Smash' Salad. In a bowl, throw roughly chopped kale, an avocado, some olive oil, salt and lemon and massage it all together with your hands so it slightly cooks and wilts down. Maybe 3 minutes or so. Your hands will be really slimy after but it tastes so good!!
~Kale Chips. We've made so many different batches by mixing together different combinations in a bowl and then laying them out on a screen to place in our food dehydrator. We like a sesame oil and ginger combo. Or maple syrup, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Or cashew paste (cashews blended with water, onion powder, and salt).
~ Sage Saute. In a pan, we melt ghee and cook the kale in it along with chopped sage. Great Combo!
~We've been harvesting radishes and snap peas and making a macrobiotic blanched salad out of it with an ume vinegarette dressing. It's so simple and so yummy, and can be used with any combination of round, root, and leafy vegetables. Blanched salads are recommended to eat once a day in the practice of Macrobiotics because it has an uplifting effect on your health and mood. Radishes are very strong and heating when eaten raw but have a diuretic and detoxing effect when slightly cooked this way. Eaten together with snap peas tastes delightful and is very alkalizing to the blood! Perfect for Summer! *Raw snap peas also make a great vehicle for hummus dipping!*
Bring a pot of water to boil and submerge the snap peas in it until they turn bright green. Take them out with a slotted spoon and let them cool on a plate. Bring the pot to a boil again and drop in the halved radishes and let them cook for about 3 minutes. Finish by drizzling with 1tbs Olive Oil and 1tbs Ume plum vinegar (a macrobiotic favorite) whisked together.
We have tons of romaine which Paul grills with olive oil, a little goat cheese, and balsamic glaze. My FAVE!
We have gorgeous zucchinis happening right now too that we saute in ghee and season with fresh dill. Did you know that Dill is beneficial in calming your nervous system, relieving stress and overstimulation and supports your brain, according to ayurveda?
Hello Green Beans!!! We like to steam them and toss with olive oil and fresh thyme.
Borage is taking over our garden!!! It is an amazing edible flower that we throw on our salads and also juice along with kale, cucumber, mint and lemon for a cooling drink. The health benefits are endless. Among them are that they reduce fear and encourage you to speak your truth! Pretty cool, huh?! Not to mention that they enhance the garden in so many ways!
It's so wonderful to be eating straight from the garden because it ignites some creativity in the kitch so you can be intuitive with the gifts of nature and in harmony in life! It also helps to appreciate food so much more wherever you go out to eat, and encourages you to always source local, fresh food for the best health benefits! I do believe that everything starts with food!
Stay tuned for more harvesting and creating! And be sure to sign up on my mailing list to receive notification for when we have a farm stand and farm to table dinner parties! :)
*Photo Cred (except the first pic) to the handsome and talented boyfriend of mine* <3