I am inspired.
J and I traveled a couple hours north this past weekend to spend some time with family over the 4th of July. I have never felt a real connection to this holiday. Call me unpatriotic or summer scrooge, but even though I always end up enjoying the celebration, I never wait with bated breath for its arrival. Perhaps this is because it is the only holiday that my family doesn’t go tradition-crazy with and we always seem to be scattered all over the US of A in early July. Before you stop reading however, there is one thing that I absolutely adore about this time of year: the fresh fruits and veggies!
This year J and I were fortunate enough to get to stop by his aunt’s fantastic colonial-inspired garden. She showed us around her gorgeous flowers and exploding plants handing us armful after armful of fresh beets, onions, squash and snap peas. Every other word she said I looked at J with twinkly eyes communicating “this is my garden dream”. We ended our visit with sweet black raspberry sorbet from the berries in her backyard.
When I got home I made quick use of the veggies before they could go to waste. Living in a household of 1, produce usually isn’t fully consumed before it goes bad (more another time on how I combat this). I got to work grating the beets, zucchini, onion and carrots adding in some cooked millet, fennel seed and eggs to make beet burgers. Then I cut up the cucumber and poured on my experimental pickling liquid. Since we got home I have made smoothies with beets and cut up even more zucchini, and green onions but this seems to be the garden that just keeps on giving.
I told J’s aunt that I will be asking her for advice someday soon. Between her and my dad who has a green thumb of his own, I think I will be well-transitioned into the gardening world. Now to find some soil…