COOKING FOR ONE, AND A FANTASTIC GARDENING BOOK!


Just look at that plate of goodness!  For those of you that are not shellfish lovers, just pretend they are not there and only look at the gorgeous organic veggies.  This was soooo good.  I think from start to finish, it took maybe 20 minutes?  And clean up was a snap.  My DH is away at our favorite Island Getaway...I am not boo hooing too much, wishing I was there, but honestly, with a meal like this, plus, attending 2, yes 2 Organic Farm Markets, I am a happy girl!   I am all about sharing...have to spread that goodness around, absolutely.  So, speaking of sharing, here is what I did with this meal - oh, and again, speaking of something to share, I also have a most wonderful gardening book to share too:
Olive oil, and a pat of butter
a dozen fresh prawns or shrimp, tail on, rinsed and pat dry
huge handful of green onions
1 small yellow and green zucchini
handful of sugar snap peas
1 tomato
huge handful of fresh basil
Salt, Pepper, fresh Lemon Juice
Heat up a pan on medium to high heat with a drizzle of olive oil and a pat of butter.  Saute the zucchini, sugar snap peas, green onions, salt and pepper, until the zucchini begins to turn golden.  Then add the chopped tomato, continue to saute about another 4-5 minutes.  Remove from heat, and add in the finely minced basil, stirring to incorporate.  Then transfer to a plate, and return the pan to the heat with another drizzle of olive oil.  Saute the prawns until pink, and with some slight carmelization to each side of the prawn.  Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon, and when prawns are done - maybe 3-4 minutes in total, cover on top of sauted veggies.  An extra squeeze of lemon juice - an voila - a beautiful meal for one.  Actually, I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow...coming from a family of 8, it is still a challenge to cook less, but I am learning.  But now, here is what I am really, really excited about:

The 2nd Market we went to (my sister and I) was actually The Island's Organic Festival.  Wow.  It was held at a beautiful 10 acre Farm/Garden called Glendale Gardens. Stunning.  Every kind of garden...zen, water, veggies, flowers, trees, shrubs...you name it, they probably had it.  There were many vendors there - all organic, whether it was homemade Iced tea, clothing, jams, veggies, berries, - absolutely everything.  Plus there was live music which was lovely.  I went for one reason, and one reason only.  Her name is Carolyn Herriot.  Between Jamie Oliver and Carolyn....they are my Heroes! Carolyn has recently written her second book called -  The Zero-Mile Diet, A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food.  You can check it out HERE.  What a lovely book, which indeed matches its author.  She gave a 30 minute talk, about sustainability, growing your own food, saving seeds, change....change for our world, for our children and our children's children.  Every word she spoke, touched my heart.  I could not agree more.  Her book begins gardening  in January - through to December.  There are amazing gardening tips, recipes, composting, seed saving and much, much, more.  I love love this book.  If you are a beginner gardener, but want to learn the whole scope of gardening, this is a book for you.  It really is a step by step guide to gardening.  I feel so grateful for people like Carolyn, who grace our community and enhance our world. Bless her heart. Thank you Carolyn, for all that you do, for all of your sharing and for all that you are!

Ina Gawne
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