veggie beds

So I’ve been eating pretty indulgently in the past couple of days. I blame it on the exam season, which always has me reaching for something decadent or greasy for some reason! After a pizza and dessert-filled day yesterday, I decided to up the nutrition today with this nourishing meal of rice, baked Thai-style peanut tofu and veggies, all on a bed of fresh spinach. It’s all about balance! Indulging here and there is great for mental health- and in my opinion, that’s equally as important as eating physically nutritious food like this.

To make the rice bowl:
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. In a bowl, mix 1.5 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp soy sauce, the juice of 1/3 lemon, and a pinch of smoked paprika and ground ginger. Add water slowly to thin it out, mixing it well, until it reaches a thick sauce consistency. Add small cubed tofu pieces (I used a 390g pack for 3 servings). Coat the tofu well in the marinade, then add to a parchment paper-lined baking tray. Place in the oven for 30-40 mins or until the tofu is nice and toasted, flipping it over halfway through to ensure even cooking.

In the meantime, start cooking your rice, either in a rice cooker or on the stovetop. Then sauté some veggies of choice (I used broccoli and chestnut mushrooms) with a dash of soy sauce. You could also steam them if you’d prefer.

Once everything is done, lay down fresh spinach in your bowl, and top with your individual components! I meal prepped this, so I made 3 dinners from this one session in the kitchen. Definitely a more time-efficient method for me, especially this exam season!

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Ratatouille casserole 🍆🍅🥒with eggs 🍳 

Layered veggies and bedded on spinach and tomatoes with a little egg hat and my ratatouille casserole is done. 👍🏻✨

Ingredients for a small casserole dish:

  • 1 can of canned tomatoes 🍅 
  • 2 handful spinach
  • 1 onion 
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 medium-sized eggplant
  • 1 medium-sized zucchini
  • 4 tomatoes
  • Fresh herbs like oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme
  • 100 g feta cheese 🧀 
  • 30 g pine nuts 🥜 
  • 3 eggs 🍳

Preparation:

  • Chop the onion and garlic glove.
  • Roast the chopped onion and the garlic glove in a pan with oil.
  • Add the canned tomatoes and the spinach and boil them down with herbs, salt and pepper.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  • Wash and slice the tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini.
  • Add the boiled down tomatoes in a casserole dish. Layer the tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Crumble the feta cheese over the veggies, then put the casserole dish in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Then crack the eggs onto the casserole and spread the pine nuts on top.
  • Now back in the oven for 25 minutes.
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I bravely dug up and moved a few Broccoli, cauliflower, ground cherries, heads of lettuce, and had peas about 2 feet long growing in a flat that planted out beautifully.  The garlic out back has perked up, though I suspect the stress has them shooting out their scapes early.

I inherited these raised beds, they were built extra high to keep the rabbits out, I’ve put up a deer fence and was thrilled to find out the previous tenants, of 12 years, were organic gardeners.

All in all, my fear of moving a garden early June was kept at bay with clouds blowing in on transplant day to give everyone a break from direct sun….I’m hopeful this years garden will be as epic as any other! :D YAY!

some of our raised beds, the ones on the right side are different kinds of cabbages and onions & carrots, the left ones are lima beans and lettuce, peas and rhubarb and the barrel in the middle will be filled with wizard beans by summer, but its still too cold for them to grow at the moment

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The different stages of our raised veggie patch!

These photos were taken over about two weeks, because as it turns out gardening is hard work and we’re slouchy procrastinators. First we had to cut up and shovel out the existing lawn, followed by extensive removal of any roots (there were a lot). I put down layered newspaper to block the light, in order to prevent any new weeds from shooting through. I left a bare patch of soil in the centre so the worms have a little window to come and go. I then hosed the newspaper down and lightly covered it all with dirt. We had a huge pile of quality soil from the local landscapers delivered - a fantastic mix including peat, compost and manure. We left this out to age for a week or so. Today Mum came over to help Dad and I finally fill the box and plant the seedlings. We have broccoli, celery, mini cos lettuce, basil and carrots growing. Excited to see how they go!

cowtape  asked:

HELLO AMAZING PERSON!!! //drown me in the swimming au please HAHAHAHAHHAHAHSORRYIMLAME

<3<3<3 YOU’RE THE AMAZING ONE!!!!!! I haven’t had the pleasure of drawing this AU in forever! I’d be glad to drown us both in it!  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

     I bet Roxas was a dream to teach how to swim! A regular fish out of water. And yet, I think it might’ve taken some convincing when it came to Lea, once he realized that swimming lessons meant getting his hair wet, his mascara would get everywhere too.

came home from a day of moving stuff to… move stuff. mostly clods from the side of the garage to the other corner of the yard. extended the veggie bed a bit, dug some bricks up out of it, killed a couple ant nests. B)

amended the soil a bit, then Dad came over to drop off some stuff and clean up the basement. he broke apart the old pool table (it’s been used as a tool table/workbench recently, but was beat-up and warped beforehand) and gave me the 13 ball. gonna use the cues as sticks in the garden. party hearty~

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The veggie bed update: Since I’m moving in August I decided to just grow greens, that didn’t last, I ended up planting broccoli (the winter crop is almost finished) cabbage, cauliflower, and cilantro.  The beds are currently a blend of the winter crop finishing, volunteers rooting down, and the spring supply of brassicas. 

Yes Canada, this was all planted well before this May long weekend, I don’t know who started the rumour that planting out should happen this weekend, there’s precious growing season missed if you don’t get them in the ground in April.

As if I could resist putting in a garden…

Ok, self, seriously talk!

No more discourse or hate reading today!

Just - food (the salad thing + veggies), hot tea, bed, sense8, cat, rest.

You are sick btw, but have to go to work tmrrw because training. You can rest otherwise.