Are you a good gardener? Do you have green fingers? You might think I’m going completely mad by talking about gardening on a recipe website.
If you are at all inclined to get those fingers dirty and head outdoors for some gardening TLC, you might find yourself with a few herbs, that could just brighten up the dinner table.
My mom is a great gardener, an expert, if I have to say so myself. What I admire most about her ability, is that she really engulfs herself in this craft by sharing her never ending knowledge of each herb, indigenous tree and shrub with me, when she visits. Not that I am at ALL capable of following her advice. To her it is simply therapy, getting your hands muddy and strategically placing each plant at its rightful place – and accidentally discovering a spider’s nest as big as a tennis ball in my garden…
I am yet to find my sanctuary in a mucky garden bed. Sorry Ma. However, since our little family’s long term plan here on earth includes a sustainable small holding somewhere in the South of France, eventually, I better get on this. Right?
So back to the point of plants = dinner table. With global trends hitting our screens everyday, self sustainable farming has quickly jumped onto everybody’s bucket list. Growing and cultivating your own food gives warm and fuzzy feelings all around. You might find you are already doing that, on a small scale.
Not just a garnish.
Parsley. This humble herb with its vibrant and fresh green taste, will grow every year once it has been planted in your garden, without too much fuss. It has major health benefits against rheumatoid arthritis, good for a healthy heart, and a rich source of antioxidants.
If you find yourself with a little too much parsley in your garden, a quick Parsley and Walnut Pesto is the answer. I find that making pesto is the perfect way to preserve those delicate leaves of herb, and is a great addition to brighten up the dinner plate with a refreshing kick of flavor.
And since you might find a few tomatoes on your vines, a salad like this Simple Tomato Salad with Parsley and Walnut Pesto speaks volumes of our unassertive home, planet Earth.
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