Garden Love and Gomassio

I finally started up my garden again this year after a couple year sabbatical. It feel so great to be playing in the dirt again, planting little seeds watching them grow, feeding our bodies directly from the earth and bringing awareness to my children of the importance of where our food comes from.

Growing up on an organic farm, we ate mostly from what my parents grew. And as a kid I took it for granted. That’s just the way it was! Food grows outside, we pick it, we eat it. During the summer time and school was out, we had to participate in the upkeep of the garden. It was a chore. All my friends were out playing and I had to stay back and put in my two hours before I could do anything. I didn’t like doing it. I complained often. But boy am I happy my parents did that! It is definitely one of those moments where my parents said “You will thank me later”, and I did πŸ™‚

Having ma parents show me what real food was at such a young age, got me to grow into a food conscious adult, as well as bring awareness to the planet and living things. Now with my kids when we are out in our little city back yard, they observe bugs and ask questions about why I grow certain things and not others and talk about edible flowers. When having children, gardening becomes so much more than just eating from the source. And while I do not have the capacity to grow enough food to feed my family all the vegetables we require, it is still enough to have fresh greens daily and to involve my kids in something I find so important: Health and our Earth, and how the two are connected.

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We have been eating a variety of greens and herbs from the garden for several weeks now, but this is our first batch of radishes, and the kids were so excited to pick them!! Radishes are such a great vegetable for kids to grow because they are so easy, grow fast, are easy for them to pick, Β and are cute and pink! Although they have a little spice to them, my kids didn’t seem to mind. I think the excitement of eating from the garden took over the slight spiciness πŸ™‚ I remember loving radishes as a kid. When we ate them at my grandmas house we would put some fresh organic butter on them and then dip them in gomassio, this powder thing that my grandma would buy. For many years I reminisced about how tasty that was, thinking it was a childhood memory or that i had to be at my grandmas house to eat radishes that way. Until I found out that Gomassio was essentially just sesame seeds and salt. So I recreated this childhood memory with my own kids and it was perfect πŸ™‚ We had some leftover gomassio and my daughter being the awesome little creative chef she is decided to use it to make a vegetable stir fry πŸ™‚ I unfortunately have no pictures of that dish.Β IMG_2495

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp himalayan sea salt, or real salt

Steps:

  • smash them together until fine enough to dip radishes in it!
  • A mortar and pestle would be ideal here, but I broke mine a while ago and never bought a new one, so we used my daughters mini food processor
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8 thoughts on “Garden Love and Gomassio

  1. So important for children to be aware – I agree! We used to have a beautiful vegetable garden and huge polytunnel, and our two little god-daughters used to absolutely love helping us out with planting, watering and harvesting! Determined to have one again one day πŸ™‚ enjoy!

  2. What a lovely post! I loved reading about how you grew up and am amazed that having to help with the garden as a child, when you wanted to play, did not put you off gardening for life. Your Radish are beautiful; perfect French pink globes of perfection. A little work of art on a plate!
    Karen

    • Thank you!! My parents did it right πŸ˜€ there were 7 of us and our garden was half the size of a football field, so it made sense to help out. It really gave all us kids a deep appreciation for natural foods and a love of the earth.

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