Sunday, March 6, 2011

Garden 'gnomes' and two salads






I don't plant much corn, but usually I get a beautiful photogenic crop... this year instead... just look at it!
I laughed aloud thinking that I could have told you that this was a heirloom variety of some sort of ancient Maya corn, but I will be honest: this is dreadful!

Still, I never get discouraged, and I hate wasting food. Not pretty? Never mind, it still tastes ok, and I could always match it with a good crop :-), like my broccolini!




So I made this salad: I boiled the corn, cut off the kernels that were pretty, added some steamed broccolini and dressed the lot with a miso dressing (just white miso paste thinned down with a little hot water). It was super yummy!





And now to another flop crop, but this was last year: my garlic was tiny! Some was so small that my daughter asked me if she could use it for her Sylvanian Family house! Still, it was cute, I could not trow it away, but this year I didn't plant any garlic and this is what I got left!




The last salad: plenty of tomatoes in the garden, not as big as I hoped, but they too taste good. I made a salad with just tomatoes, basil leaves, olive oil and salt, and some borage flowers for colour. It looked and tasted like a very happy salad :-). Some gnomes are good, and some do make me smile.





Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©

25 comments:

  1. Your garden is doing much better than mine! Liking the idea of the miso dressing.

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  2. Anche io detesto buttare il cibo, la scorsa settimana ho fatto una improbabile marmellata/confettura di limoni arance e pere che stavano per andare a male....e il risultato ha premiato :))
    Le tue idee sono davvero molto carine e semplici, complimenti :))
    Barbara

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  3. Grazie Barbara, sei molto gentile :-)

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  4. in cucina credo che fra i principali ingredienti ci siano la fantasia e la fortuna di avere a disposizione prodotti genuini, mi pare che qui non manchino, buona domenica.......o forse lunedì ^_____^

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  5. Great salad from the garden! Homegrown is always yummier, no matter how much smaller they are than store-bought, every spoonful tastes delicious! Like your miso dressing!

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  6. Sylvanian families garlic - I like it, you could probably charge a fortune for it and say it's some exotic Italian strain ;P

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  7. You have better crops than me. Looks awesome salads.

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  8. Ma che belle verdure! Buona settimana. Ti abbraccio

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  9. Ciao Alessandra, come stai? Chi coltiva la terra, segue passo passo dal germoglio alla pianta o al frutto, difficilmente butta via qualcosa, ma si gode il tutto...giuro che la rima non era voluta, ma mi è uscita così! Un abbraccio.

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  10. @ Sasa, I'll try next week, I get my stall at the local farmers market and I'll make a nice display with Arantxa's doll house full of miniature garlic and 'Mayan' Heirloom corn :-) Any price tags suggestions?

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  11. Dear Alessandra i wont tell you that Transator don't work!!
    Love
    Grazia

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  12. Ho ritentato ed ora sono riuscita ad avere la traduzione!!
    Fortunate te che hai dei prodotti freschi e genuini...l'utilzzo dei quali porta sempre ad avere dei piatti freschi e sempre graditi!

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  13. I do not even attempy having a garden, so bravo for you!

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  14. Go on Jenny, gibe it a try, you have the space :-)

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  15. Ciao Alessandra. Ti scrivo in italiano perchè il mio inglese farebbe molto "Totò Peppino e la malafemmina"....
    Intanto, ricambio la visita al mio fiume su Splinder, anche se qui ho dovuto collegarmi con un'altra identità; poi devo dire che leggerti qui mi regala sensazioni positive: mi fa ridere, anche, il fatto che tu ironizzi sull'aspetto della tua produzione agricola. Ti assicuro che quando vado, qui da me, a comperare frutta o verdura nel negozio dei Biodinamici l'aspetto è persino peggiore..... :)
    Ma il sapore non ha prezzo: in compenso, i prezzi praticati sono tali da costringerti poi alla dieta nei giorni successivi....
    A presto, e grazie per le tue considerazioni.

    m.

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  16. hahha!
    a very funny entry!
    i enjoyed reading this.(:

    Esp. your "ancient mayan corn" LOL

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  17. Alessandra and her wonders!E complimentissimi per la ise en place delle tue insalate gustosissime!bacioni

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  18. ma che belle insalate piene di colori!
    sei creativissima.
    bacioni

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  19. Love all the pictures and your salads - Molte bene :)
    Love both the places you've lived in - SO want to go back to NZ someday soon :)
    priyasnowserving.blogspot.com

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  20. You made great use of produce that might otherwise end up in the compost heap. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  21. ...traigo
    sangre
    de
    la
    tarde
    herida
    en
    la
    mano
    y
    una
    vela
    de
    mi
    corazón
    para
    invitarte
    y
    darte
    este
    alma
    que
    viene
    para
    compartir
    contigo
    tu
    bello
    blog
    con
    un
    ramillete
    de
    oro
    y
    claveles
    dentro...


    desde mis
    HORAS ROTAS
    Y AULA DE PAZ


    COMPARTIENDO ILUSION
    ALESSANDRA

    CON saludos de la luna al
    reflejarse en el mar de la
    poesía...




    ESPERO SEAN DE VUESTRO AGRADO EL POST POETIZADO DE CHAPLIN MONOCULO NOMBRE DE LA ROSA, ALBATROS GLADIATOR, ACEBO CUMBRES BORRASCOSAS, ENEMIGO A LAS PUERTAS, CACHORRO, FANTASMA DE LA OPERA, BLADE RUUNER ,CHOCOLATE Y CREPUSCULO 1 Y2.

    José
    Ramón...

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  22. Alessandra,

    you can try thandai with almond milk and other spices and let me know how it turns out.

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  23. Ciao Alessandra tutto ok???
    Nonostante le dimensioni mi complimento coi frutti del tuo orto che senz'altro ti daranno dei sapori e odori invidiabili!!!
    Alla prossima

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  24. Great looking salads totally loved the dressing too.

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  25. Yes, they look terrible, but they must taste great!

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