Monday, March 21, 2011

Mater Salad

Since Spring is in the air, I can't stop thinking about fresh fruit and vegetables and grilling outside.  Goodbye fatty comfort foods, thank you for getting me through the dreadful winter months.  I'll see you again in November.  Try to not fatten me up so much next time.  I'm not a bear.  I do not sleep outdoors.  I don't need any extra fat.

Hello healthy, delicious, tastes like the Earth, food.  This year I plan on trying to grow my own tomatoes, green beans, squash, eggplant, green onion, lettuces, radishes and a few more herbs that I don't currently grow...basil and parsley.  Hell, I might even throw in a jalapeno to round it all out.  But I plan on growing these things in 5-gallon buckets this year.  No, it's not going to look pretty.  But it will be more manageable (I hope) and I will be able to grow totally organic veggies in my backyard.  I'll be sure to keep you updated on my progress.  Here's a great article on container gardening if you are interested in joining me on my adventure!

And here's a great recipe for a simple, Spring/Summer salad:

Get a container of ripe tomatoes, or pick the ones off your tomato bush (I used these multi-colored little heirloom tomatoes that I found) cut tomatoes in half or in quarters if large enough.  Dice up one shallot and add it to the tomatoes.  Drizzle olive oil and splash a little balsamic vinegar over the top, season with salt and pepper. Toss your salad.  Or stir it...I kinda had a hankerin' to say "Toss your salad" but it was totally unnecessary. 

Now eat those lovely little gifts that the Earth gave you! 


k said...

I thought about container planting but have never tried. Will read the article you gave link to, thanks! I also would like to state, from one bitch to another, that no garden is complete without jalapenos. You would love the crazy things you can do with those suckers! :)

Jess said...

Then jalapenos will be added!