Winter Greens

Even though it’s all bright white in the garden, it’s all green in the kitchen. Here is a very nutritious and delicious (and simple!) salad we’ve been enjoying:

Romaine, Broccoli and Quinoa Salad

Romaine, Broccoli and Quinoa Salad

Chopped romaine, chopped broccoli, and quinoa with cashews and chia seeds. The “dressing” (and I use quotation marks here because I just splashed these things on top and didn’t actually “make” a dressing): a splash of soy sauce, white white vinegar, olive oil, chopped fresh garlic, dried ginger, a little curry powder, a pinch of pepper and a pinch of red chili flakes. There is very little dressing so the romaine doesn’t get soggy. So you can make a big batch of this and enjoy it for a few days from the fridge. I’ve also made this salad adding chopped cabbage. We’ve also been enjoying spicy black-eyed peas, homemade rosemary bread (with flax and chia seeds) and for the Spy, Babyzilla, Smoochie and Spy Sister: a little bacon. Courtesy of my sister’s Vitamix and her genius we’ve also been drinking green smoothies full of kale and apples and limes and mango and cucumber FOR BREAKFAST. Perhaps an unorthodox method of surviving the frigid temps, but Spy Garden fancies all things unorthodox. And for the record, at this very moment I am listening to Cambridge King’s College Choir “Once in Royal David’s City”. Christmas music on January third?! Yes, because it’s still Christmas. But a new season is in sight and…

The seeds have arrived!

The seeds have arrived!

Pictured are a few of the varieties I am most excited about. Purple Calabash tomatoes because Maria’s (from Sweet Domesticity) were so beautiful, Atlantic Giant Pumpkins because there’s a chance for a 1500 pounder (!!!), purple basil because, Why Haven’t I Grown This Before?, Jaune Obtuse du Doubs yellow carrots because the French varieties always seem to do so well in Spy Garden and Red Orach because I love my greens (even when they’re red or purple) and I’ve never tried Orach before. To see the rest of the seeds I ordered click here (or scroll down to a few posts back).

11 thoughts on “Winter Greens

    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Thanks. It is DELISH. I’ve made it without the curry (just the ginger) and also added carrots or cabbage. Very crunchy and fresh and PACKED with nutrients! I’ve eaten a variation of this salad almost every day this week!

  1. narf77

    A most positive and proactive portent of productivity purveyed and postulated ma’am! Love the look of those veggies and what the heck is Orach?!!! Sounds like a Swedish blond hunk to me (can you grow them from seed? If so…I am IN!)

      1. Spy Garden Post author

        It’s super easy, just chop the romaine and broccoli and throw in some cooked quinoa and splash the “dressing” ingredients listed on top and stir it up! Thanks so much for the offer but I don’t really have much time to do blogging beyond Spy Garden.As for my name, top secret ;) hahah I am anonymous in blog world ;) Thanks again for visiting!

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