“Look after the roots of the tree, and the fragrant flower and luscious fruits will grow by themselves. Look after the health of the body, and the fragrance of the mind and richness of the spirit will follow." -B.K.S. Iyengar
I've had a thing lately for Greek salads. Ok, so maybe I actually have a thing for feta cheese. Anyways, I'm a huge fan of anything Mediterranean this time of year. We're talking loads of tomatoes, tender lettuces, crisp cucumbers, lots of olives and olive oil, and of course lots of fresh herbs. I could eat a salad like this every single day and not get sick of it. To me, it's the perfect summer meal.
I live in a cute little apartment in Seattle. I love many things about it. It's got a cute kitchen full of natural light, gorgeous hardwood floors throughout, and two big bedrooms. The thing I wish it had? A backyard. Why? Because I want a vegetable garden. Someday.
I can't complain too much because I also happen to live within walking distance of a great summer farmers market that happens every Friday. It has been a little routine of ours to put baby Hazel in the sling and walk with her to the market every Friday. There, I pick out vegetables and fruit for the week, sometimes even picking up some fresh bread and lacto-fermented pickles from my favorite little booth. I've made lacto-fermented pickles before here, but when I don't feel like making them, I buy them.
I recently tried making quick pickles with some beautiful local veggies and I loved how easy they were to make. And the best part is that they were ready to eat in two days and I didn't have to sterilize any jars. It was a win all around. They're refreshingly crisp and tangy and in my opinion, pickling is the best was to use local produce. I used cucumbers, carrots, green beans, radishes, garlic, and hot peppers and the results were perfect.
Wow, has it been ages since I've updated this little blog of mine!? In case you don't follow me on Instagram, I'll have you know that I gave birth to the most beautiful baby girl named Hazel June, and if you scroll down a bit, you'll see her gorgeous little face below. She has truly made my life more amazing and wonderful and exhausting. As you can imagine, I spend much of my time taking care of her and not too much time cooking these days. But rest assured, this mama is slowly getting back into the kitchen again and beginning to adjust to this new normal. It's a wild ride, that's for sure!
At this point, I've been obsessed with summer fruit and all the goodness that it provides. I made this pretty little fruit salad with all local produce and topped it with a vanilla bean infused raw honey. Holy crap, it's delicious. Sprinkled with some amazingly powerful bee pollen, it's seriously what I want to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Finally, here's my little babe at two months old. She's our dream baby and we couldn't be more blessed to have her in our lives. I'm sure she'll make some more appearances here on the blog moving forward. In the meantime, be sure to check out this amazing fruit salad and go make yourself some vanilla bean infused honey! Much Love.