Week 11: Recipes, renewed compost & well fed rabbits

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The day of the potluck, an hour or so before the food and people arrive!

The CTG held our third potluck of the summer, this time at the Ethan Allen Homestead garden. Neighboring gardeners were invited along the students, teachers & friends – thus the tables were full of dishes! Such tasty dishes and engaging conversations that no one seemed to take the time to capture the experience with photos. This said, there are recipes to share instead.

A student, Hayley shared her recipe for vegan caeser salad. As the potluck was starting she visited a fellow gardener’s bed and with permission picked some greens to mix this dressing with.

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photo from website where the recipe used is located

vegan caesar recipe

Ingredients:

1/3 cup sliced or slivered almonds

1/3 cup hot water

1-2 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp dijon mustard

1 tsp rice vinegar

1 tbsp capers

1 head of your favorite lettuce

Croutons (if you want them!)

It’s really easy to make. Put the almonds and hot water in your blender and let them sit for at least 15 minutes. Then add the other ingredients and mix it up.

That’s all!

 

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squash, squash everywhere! What to do with it?

Well, Carolina shared a recipe for flourless zucchini brownies as a sweet way to use up some of the bounty. The brownies are quite tasty – and as in Hayley’s recipe, calls for almonds. However, I am sure you can replace almonds in both recipes with another nut/nut butter. There would be a slight change in taste, but both dishes would keep their integrity/texture.

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Compost is brought back to life (during the last few hours before sunset at the EA CTG)

The students learned about compost this week as we reactivated one compost bin, pictured above. Though a few students were already well-informed in the subject, it was an exciting step to further round our community garden practices and lessen waste.

Carolina explained that “brown” materials such as dried/dead plants are carbon-rich whereas “green” materials such as plant-based kitchen scraps (including egg shells and dairy waste) are nitrogen rich. The green plants (yard clippings, weeds etc) added will bring the much-needed chlorophyll into the mix. All this, plus soil and likely some water, is what a compost consists of!

The following link has useful information on small batch composting

 urban composting

It will be exciting to see how the compost progresses over months as it sits under a layer of hay and generates heat within.

Now, though the compost gets almost all of the garden waste (and some home waste) – the pets are enjoying some of it as well.

Below is a photo from Ute…

Ute, Nanook and Sushi munching on greens and beets
Nanook and Sushi munching on Ute’s bitter greens

Here we have Chris’s ducks enjoying some grated squash and then Alex’s bunnies, who are looking quite confused about their squash gift.

 

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