A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. Gertrude Jekyll
first and foremost, my birthday is in the summer, and, being a leo, this is by far the most important day of the year!! ☺
and, being a teacher, i am off in the summer! (nothing to be said here, as this speaks for itself!)
also during the summer i get to spend a lot of time at my favorite place: the beach!
lastly, summertime is when my gardens are beautiful and bountiful!
in addition to my multiple flower beds, i have a vegetable garden. here i grow a small amount of fruits, vegetables, and herbs-- tomatoes, bell peppers, different varieties of lettuce, white and red potatoes, broccoli, kale, corn, basil, thyme, cilantro, rosemary, and sage, just to name a few!
it is so wonderful to be able to walk out into my backyard and harvest my own healthy and organic ingredients for dinner! and, as someone who has an absolutely BLACK thumb when it comes to indoor plants, i am always so amazed at how easy it is to grow a vegetable garden-- all you need to do is plant, water, weed, and watch!
today's harvest was for a couple of simple sauces: traditional basil pesto, which i've honestly never made from scratch before, and cilantro lime yogurt sauce, which we used to top our dinner tonight.
the cilantro lime sauce is so super easy that i don't even bother to measure ingredients anymore. in other words, these measurements are approximate:
cilantro lime yogurt sauce
are you ready for this super simple recipe?
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 packed tablespoon chopped cilantro
cut and juice lime into yogurt, add cilantro, stir well, and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
yes, that's it!
super quick and super yummy!
and so much better for you than sour cream!
for the pesto, i used a martha stewart recipe, which can be found here.
i halved the recipe, since i have only a tiny little mini food processor, but i followed the recipe pretty closely. i did add a little lime juice for some zing!
this recipe was pretty easy too, though it took more ingredients, including pine nuts, which are pretty pricey. the recipe doesn't call for much though, so for about $10, i have enough to make 4 batches, and the fact that i grow my own basil more than makes up for it.
my take on martha stewart's "basic basil pesto"
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 cup pine nuts
1 1/2 cups fresh basil, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup grated parmesan
freshly ground sea salt and peppercorns to taste
add garlic, pine nuts, 1/2 basil, lime juice, and 1 tablespoon olive oil to food processor and pulse until there is sufficient room for the rest of the basil. add the basil and pulse until pretty well chopped. add rest of oil and parmesan and continue pulsing until smooth. taste and mix in salt and pepper as desired.
enjoy these yummy sauces made with the bounties of the backyard! i will share more recipes throughout the summer, as i continue to enjoy the treasures from my garden!