I volunteer in Throop’s Learning Garden because I love to work with the soil and plants. But I also love to eat and cook, so a great bonus to volunteering is I get lots of fresh produce to experiment with. Of course it’s a pleasure, but I also consider it a duty to taste what I’m feeding to our community. Let me share with you some of my most satisfying recent fresh treats.
About a week ago I stir-fried fresh amaranth leaves with malva leaves, both from our garden. The only other ingredients were grape-seed oil and chopped fresh ginger; the results were nothing short of spectacular. Not only was the flavor uniquely delicious, the leaves held their color after about three minutes of simmering, beaming out a contrast of deep burgundy and rich forest green. WOW!
As I write this, I’m enjoying a stir-fry of a huge batch of home grown land cress, close cousin of watercress. This time I combined the fresh garden greens with red onion, chopped ginger and red bell pepper, so once again a riot of brilliant primary colors.
When it comes to helping your body stave off malignancy, you can’t do much better than fresh, organically grown, colorful veggies. Live long & prosper! And have fun doing it.
The clamor, the voices,
billions shouting to be heard.
Who is listening to the fishes?
Trees speak quietly while alive,
thunder when they fall,
fall on distracted ears.
The noise of humans
deafens a planet
where beetles squeak for help.
Words masquerade as facts.
Scientists scramble over each other
to explain the inexplicable,
while my very best friends
grow sad in my garden
but quietly persist.
Copyright March, 2019
Volunteer Hours; Weekends 8:00 AM-2:00 PM. Come taste for yourself and get dirty.
Throop Unitarian Universalist Church, 300 So. Los Robles at Delmar in Pasadena.