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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Home Grown

Sometimes, I despair at my attempts to grow vegetables in our garden. 
Yet there has been more than one occasion on which I have been able to throw together an appetizing green salad of various leaves picked from the garden.

The nasturtiums I sowed last year have finally come good, so I picked a few leaves to make a salad recently.  I'm not a great fan of nasturtium leaves in salads but I don't mind a scant sprinkling of them.  I grew the nasturtiums for the seed because I would like to try and make poor man's capers from them.
I have also grown a few Russian kale plants, these I don't mind so a good handful went into the salad bowl.
My rocket (arugula) bolted to seed but do you know that rocket flowers are edible?  They have a flavour which I think is very much like sesame seeds.  I have noticed that the native bees are very attracted to them as well.

To the salad I added a few blanched green beans and an avocado along with a thinly sliced lemon and voila! - A healthy green salad to serve with the main course.

A vinaigrette is my favourite salad dressing which I make from freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil and Dijon or French mustard.
Hmmm, is it still a vinaigrette if it doesn't have vinegar as an ingredient?
Well, here's a recipe for 

Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil
2 1/2 tbs fresh lemon juice, strained
1 tsp Dijon or French mustard
Fine sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

Place all ingredients in a glass jar with lid, shake vigorously and serve.



  1. YUM!!!
    The rocket flowring in our garden is bringing the bees too. I love feeding the bees.
    I'm off to google make poor man's capers
    Love Leanne

    1. I think I need to sow a few more plants to have enough seed pods for the capers...I think you need a minimum of one cup to make it worth while. Do let us know how you go Leanne.


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