26.7.12

the good stuff


A few days before Paddy first left for China, we went to market and returned home with a bag of tiny seedlings. We spent an afternoon in the yard preparing a bed of soil for little sprouts full of promise. We decided to keep it simple this year with lettuces, tomatoes, kale, beetroot and beans... along with an assortment of potted herbs on the deck.

Over the last six weeks I have watched the vegetable garden bloom, while I've felt my motivation for preparing nutritious food for myself wilt. I make it top priority to prepare (mostly) healthy meals and snacks for Lalie, however when it comes to myself, I've been getting by on bowls of porridge (for dinner!), vegemite on toast and far too much coffee. I'm ashamed to say that, until today, it hadn't crossed my mind to pluck fresh leaves from the garden and prepare a simple salad. My excuse to myself being that I just haven't had the time and energy to think about it. And all the fuss for one (I can't seem to interest Lalie in salad leaves) ...what was the point? Pathetic excuses, I know.

When I took Lalie into the yard earlier this week for a play, she gravitated away from the play gym and toward the vegetable patch. She then began plucking salad greens and placing them in a neat little pile on the ground - all of her own accord. She behaved like a seasoned green thumb, gathering her harvest with love and care. I was absolutely amazed. How on earth did she know what to do? Sadly, she hadn't been observing this ritual from me so far this year.

Nevertheless, I took it as her way of saying "Come on, Mama! Pull yourself together. Eat well. I need you to be healthy, happy and alert!".

So we gathered those leaves and carried them into the kitchen where we rinsed them and tossed them together into a beautiful garden salad. And I was reminded of the countless physical and mental health benefits of eating from your own backyard.

Later in the day we topped up with a cleansing refreshment of carrot, apple, beetroot, celery, cucumber and ginger juice - freshly squeezed, from our local juice bar.

It sure feels good to detox from all that overindulging last week. And I have to say, a happy little face covered in beetroot juice does wonders for mother-guilt.


20 comments :

  1. Wow, that is amazing that she harvested those greens of her own accord! What a natural green thumb you have there Claire. That last photo is just deliciously cute. :)
    I find it so hard to get out of bad food habits. You've inspired me to try a bit harder….
    Ronnie xo

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  2. That's the sweetest thing I've heard in a while. Sometimes even though it is there the thought of picking and washing it does seem too much! Having said that the rocket has been going crazy and we are eating it about 3 nights a week. It's the best. Love Lalie's juicy face.

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  3. The best thing I've read all day : ]

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  4. Good stuff Claire - Lalie is wise beyond her years it seems. Nothing like a good dig around in the garden to scrounge together something to make your body and mind feel better.

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  5. I've always found that Che will eat leafy greens if he can pick them from the garden. Indeed, we all fall into bad habits (especially when solo parenting!) but there's nothing quite like the allure of a salad made from homegrown goodness. As for fresh juices - the best. Ice-blocks are on my to-do list for summer. x

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  6. beautiful photos and what a gorgeous garden!! cant wait to see everything grow. i feel the same way too sometimes, and so easily fall into bad habits {for myself} and always make sure my little one gets the best. She doesnt like lettuce leaves and is fairly picky, but I am totally digging the juice! will def be doing that tomorrow xx

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  7. What a lovely juciey face!

    This post reminds me I have yet to introduce Baby C to beetroot...must remedy that!
    And a few greens probably wouldn't hurt me either! I have fallen prey to the allure of winter comfort foods...lots of stews and pastas around these parts. A nice crisp salad sounds just the thing!

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  8. Your garden looks amazing. And how cute does Lalie look! She's getting the same little curls behind her ears that Olive had - adorable! Kellie xx

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    1. I remember Olive with those curls (I like to refer to them as her wings!) x

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  9. I'm glad I'm not the only one who eats porridge for dinner. Your garden is so blooming lovely it beckons to be picked and eaten.

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  10. Love it Claire. I have been the same - a little lazy with what I feed myself, and when I go the extra effort to have something fresh & nutritious, I feel all kinds of good about it :)
    Love Lalie's juice face :)
    x

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  11. Lovely! Your garden looks beautiful as does your little helper :) x

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  12. Such a lovely gardener!

    xx

    Leticia

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  13. That last photo is priceless. Good JOB! I don't know if my little one would like beets yet! :)

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  14. That is awesome, I can't wait to get our veggie patch started.

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  15. I love your photographs - I can't wait to get out into our new garden with our toddler too and do some more planting. Beautiful captures xx

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  16. Oh my Claire, that last photo! Lalie has always been gorgeous but when did your sweet little gardener get so big?? And her hair so long??

    You have the most amazing house & garden. One day I would love to have the same. xx

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    1. I don't know when it happened, Bianca! But my baby has officially disappeared! x

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  17. I see so much of me in this post.

    I too prepare the healthiest of meals for my son, Max.

    But me, far too many Maggi noodles for my liking!

    I tell myself when I stop working night shifts, I will care more about my nutrition. But it just has to start now.

    And that beautiful beetroot face? Divine!

    She is just so ... divine xx

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  18. Such a clever little sprout. Witnessing such actions really makes you realize just how much they watch and soak up. She will have her own little plot in no time.

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