Posts from the ‘Salad Greens’ Category

I’ve got the world on a stick

I got invited to a fabulous Burning Man party last weekend and as part of participating, we were asked to contribute food and drinks.  Here you can see, I’ve put Henrik (my new love) to work on building these caprese h’orderves on a toothpick.  Mozzarella and tomatoes were purchased at the store.  I will get my act together and grow my own tomatoes next season!  The basil came from my roof garden.  Nonetheless, everybody LOVED Henrik’s caprese h’orderves and couldn’t stop complimenting him on how delicious they were.  The party was a total success as well!  We all had a blast!  I even sang my first karaoke, which was Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.  People did cheer me on when I hit the high notes, so I must have not sucked…  🙂

Henrik : the Capresinator

Magical Purslane; a prolific and delicious green

I love this delicious salad green that has weed like properties because it is so hardy and easy to grow.

Where do I start?  I grew up eating purslane in Turkey where it would be served as a “mezze” appetizer before dinner.  Well, let me explain.  Mezze actually pertains to munchies to go along with raki (Turkish ouzo).  I’ve provided the recipe on the recipes page for you to try out.

Purslane tastes a little tangy.  It is apparently very nutritious.

High in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6 and Folate

Here’s a brief description from Wikipedia

Portulaca oleracea (Common Purslane, also known as VerdolagaPigweedLittle Hogweed, or Pusley), is an annual succulent in the family Portulacaceae, which can reach 40 cm in height. About 40 varieties are currently cultivated.[1] It has an extensive old-world distribution extending from North Africa through the Middle East (called الرجلة or البقلة) and the Indian Subcontinent to Malesia and Australasia. The species status in the New World is uncertain: In general, it is considered an exotic weed; however, there is evidence that the species was in Crawford Lakedeposits (Ontario) in 1430-89 AD, suggesting that it reached North America in the pre-Columbian era.[2] It is naturalised elsewhere and in some regions is considered an invasive weed. It has smooth, reddish, mostly prostrate stems and alternate leaves clustered at stem joints and ends. The yellow flowers have five regular parts and are up to 6 mm wide. The flowers appear depending upon rainfall and may occur year-round. The flowers open singly at the center of the leaf cluster for only a few hours on sunny mornings. Seeds are formed in a tiny pod, which opens when the seeds are ready. Purslane has a taproot with fibrous secondary roots and is able to tolerate poor, compacted soils and drought.

If you’re into gourmet salads that you can’t even find at the fanciest of luxury organic superstores…try out purslane!  This is certainly exactly the ideal Urban – Horticulture plant.  Easty to grow, grows pretty quickly, reseeds, disease resistant….what more could an urban apartment dweller with limited gardening space ask for?

Salad Tables and Salad Boxes

Salad Tables and Salad Boxes.

I saw these Salad Tables on Martha Stewart’s show.  They look like the perfect way to grow your own salad greens if you have a sunny spot on your patio.  I have created my own salad table at home.  Instead of building my salad table with wood, I bought a plastic storage bin and drilled holes in it and put it on a plastic tool shelf.  Since plastic is very durable, it’s done just great over the winter.

Garden Table

These storage bins can be found anywhere (Target, Orchard Supply, or Home Depot).  What’s fantastic about these bins is that they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and even colours.  Just drill the bottoms with an electric screw driver with the thickest drill bit you can find so that the holes are sizeable and functional to water drainage.  Holes about the size of 1 cm or less than 0.5 inches are preferable.  This setup gave me instant gratification because I felt like I built my own little farm.  I could grow salad on a larger scale that made sense for regular consumption.  For some reason I couldn’t get my spinach, mesculin, and okra to grow successfully.  Next time I plant seeds, I will try moving the salad table to a sunnier location of my patio.

Here is my very own salad table:

Salad table for the carpentering disabled

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