Sunday, 26 June 2011 18:13

Gardens and Greens

Written by Stephania
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Welcome to week two of Green Living Week! Today is all about gardens and greens.  Yesterday, we attended Ryder's best-bud's birthday party from soccer at this amazing community garden on 4th street in the East Village.  Complete with various berry bushes and a giant tree house, the garden was probably the largest community garden that I've seen in Manhattan.  I love roaming around the different gardens in our neighborhood.  They provide a bit of tranquility in our otherwise very busy neighborhood. After talking with some of the other parents at the parties, I discovered that it is really quite easy to become a member at these lovely little gardens.  Most of them require a fee from as little as $5 to $30 per year, the upkeep of your plot, and attending just a couple of meetings.  

Here is Ry and his friend, Elana, at one of our favorite gardens at Avenue B and 6th street.

ry_and_elana

Many of them even have community composting which saves a bundle on soil and reduces waste.  Check out this post about starting your own compost.  However, the best part about having a garden is growing your own vegetables and herbs.  I swear there is nothing better than fresh lettuce from a garden.  Its the perfect summer bite of crisp and cool! For today's green recipe I am sharing our parmesan and arugula salad.  In the mood for fresh fruit? Add thin, bite size slices of pear.  It is absolutely delish! 

 I Will Totally Kick Your Arugula 
by Stephania Stanley

What you need: arugula_salad

For the salad:

  • For salad:
    ¼ lb arugula
    Fresh parmesan, sliced with cheese grater (amount varies to taste)
    ¼ lb arugula Fresh parmesan 
  • sliced with cheese grater (amount varies to taste)

For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • Pinch of salt, optional
Note: Arugula is spicy and this dressing enhances its spiciness. Add a quirt of lemon juice to take off some of its edge.

What to do:

Put washed and thoroughly dried arugula in a medium sized serving bowl. Add all dressing ingredients to salad and toss, evenly coating the arugula leaves with dressing.  Sprinkle with parmesan slices.  

 

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