With all this beautiful sunshine we have been having its time to start using some of the bounty from our spring gardens.
With an abundance of chamomile in my community garden plot I’ve been thinking about ways to use it other than as straight tea. Speaking to a fellow gardener who mentioned that she loves the combination of chamomile and peach together…I immediately wanted to try this even though peaches aren’t currently in season. Here are a few recipes that I came across that I will have to try as soon as I am able to get a hold of some frozen peaches. Since I have an obsession with smoothies this one is on the top of the list Chamomile, Peach, & Ginger Smoothie, a refreshing drink for a warm spring (or summer) day Chamomile & Peach Iced Tea. Wondering why you should use Chamomile for more than enjoying how beautiful it look in your garden – Uses & Benefits of Chamomile.
A quick and simple Butter and Sage Sauce can make a fresh garden inspired sauce added to pasta for a light dinner. Use a pasta made with quinoa or red lentils which are packed full of protein and skip the addition of meat for an even quicker meal. Learn about the Uses & Benefits of Sage.
I took some fresh cilantro over to friend’s house for dinner last night to add to taco salad and it made the dish giving it just the right pop of flavour. Another great use for cilantro can be found with this recipe Spiced Peas with Cilantro & Lime. And of course let’s not forget the spring salad which offers so many possibilities including Spring Lettuces with Avocado and Pistachios or Snap Pea and Radicchio Slaw.
The list of spring treats also includes artichokes, leeks, potatoes and much more. Happy gardening and happy eating!
Next Week: Learning about garden critters!