Gardening as a Metaphor for Life
I believe that life is too short for drama; so laugh insanely, love truly, and forgive quickly.
How To Plant Your Garden For The Garden of Daily Living
PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS :
1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:
1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce of be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another
NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:
1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another
TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE THYME:
1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends
Water it all freely with patience and cultivate with love.
There is much fruit in your garden because you reap what you sow.
Featured Recipe Orecchiette with Pancetta and Asparagus
After spending most of the day playing in the garden I want a recipe that is delicious and can be on the table lickety-split!
It never fails to amaze me that some of the easiest and fastest dishes to make are the most delicious!
Today’s recipe proves that in spades!
The fact that it is also wonderfully tasty is a bonus!
The first time I made this I just used pancetta. Oh My!!!! OH MY!!!!!!!
But I knew the Food Police would put me in jail if I did not add a vegetable. I tried several different ones and even a medley of several.
However……..asparagus, especially fresh baby asparagus fresh from your garden is simply the best!!!
This is what you need for 3 people:
12 ounce package orecchiette pasta
1 bunch of asparagus
5 tablespoons butter divided
1 medium shallot
1 very small clove garlic
4 ounces pancetta
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Here is what you do:
Put water up to boil.
Wash and dry the asparagus and slice off one-and-one-half-inch top of the stalk on the diagonal off.
TIP: Save the remain stalk to use in soups, stocks, etc.: Uses For Left-over Stalks
Dice the shallots and press the garlic.
Cook the orecchiette according to package directions.
While the water is boiling very lightly coat some EVOO in a medium skillet. Heat over low heat.
Add 2 tablespoon of butter to the skillet and melt. Add the shallots and garlic.
Sauté the shallots and garlic and for a minute or two until translucent.
Add the pancetta and cook about 2-3 minutes until just beginning to brown around the edges.
Add the asparagus to the pasta the last minute or two and then drain.
Drain the pasta and asparagus.
Place the pasta in a bowl and add the remaining butter and gently toss until butter is melted.
Top with the pancetta-butter mix.
Place on a plate and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper.
Serve with a salad or some fruit.
12 oz pck orecchiette pasta $2.69
1 bunch of asparagus $1.99
Olive oil $0.05
5 tbspn butter divided $0.50
1 medium shallot $0.33
1 very small clove garlic $0.10
4 ounces pancetta $3.29
6 tbspn Parmesan cheese $1.76
Salt and pepper to taste
Total cost = $10.71
Cost per person = $3.57
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