Salad, and The World Out There

reddirtlattes/ May 11, 2020/ #gulfislands/ 3 comments


How was your weekend? I had the loveliest Mother’s Day doing what I do every day, mothering.

I also took the big leap and headed into town for the first time in 2 months.

It was so wonderful to see so many people.

It was a bit disconcerting to see so many people.

So many people, with no social distancing and no masks.


Might not be going back into town.

But I did get to our island nursery to get flowers to plant and hang.

Our garden has been my refuge and we have so many new plants to plant now. But…

..we’ve been fighting the good fight against invasive dandelions and I must say, I am feeling overwhelmed. They are one tenacious weed! I think they might be winning.

Our sprouts have started and are going strong and the garlic we planted last fall is so close to being ready to harvest.

I think of the garlic during this time, this time of waiting, wondering when or if life will return to normal. Garlic takes a long time to grow. It overwinters and hibernates until slowly sprouting, and then bursting.

I guess right now, even though BC is in full glorious bloom, our lives are still deep in that winter, or waiting. Except for all the people I just saw in town?

Here’s my favorite salad recipe that I eat most every night.

For the salad:

  • salad mix
  • asparagus
  • nuts (I alternate between macadamia, brazil, and hazelnut)

For the dressing:

  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • apple cider vinegar
  • honey
  • mustard ( I like dijon)
  • salt and pepper

What makes this salad special is the combination of salty and sweet

Clean and rinse your salad.

In a pan, heat the olive oil and add asparagus tips. Sauté on medium until they start to brown. Add chopped up nuts and salt and be generous with the salt! You really want this to be your salty part. Nuts will burn quickly so just stir for a minute or so. Put aside to cool while you make your dressing.

I don’t measure for this. I put about 1/4 cup olive oil in a bowl. I add a splash of balsamic and a splash of apple cider. Mix in a large spoonful of mustard and a large spoonful of honey (here is your sweetness.) Add a dash of salt and pepper.

You are all set. Mix and enjoy.


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  1. You may have made a big mistake. Covid-19 doesn’t discriminate against anyone regardless the age. We know a lot more about it than before. Dying from it is a horrible, horrible way to die. The one saving grace by going to town, is the more time you stand in place, the more likely you will be infected. Hope you did not stay in one place for too long. Be safe. Be safer next time. Must say I am tempted to go to a nursery to pick up flowers, but so far I have resisted. If I do go, however, I will take along a device that you use to grab something too high to get and pick up the flowers. I will also use the device to be over 6 ft away from the cashier and give him my credit card and ask him to hurry up. But as I said so far, I have successfully resisted the temptation which is so very hard to do. Good luck and to your whole family, stay away and stay safe. P.S. Forget what the scientists and medical specialists say on t-v that is largely for public consumption. If someone sneezes near you, stop whatever you are doing and get the hell home and shower. Droplets from a sneeze can spread 30 feet or more in a surrounding space. However, getting a few droplet on you takes at least a half hour to infect you. Much safer to happen outdoors than indoors which may be a blessing for your trip. Seymour

    1. Oh don’t worry, I was fine! I ordered ahead and had my things put outside. And when I exited my car to get them I was far away from everyone and had my mask on just in case. I am way smarter than that, Seymour!

  2. So relieved to read your response above that YOU were wearing a mask and that you had called ahead so you could just pick up & go! Loved seeing an updated picture of you in your “Go Green” post – you’re looking great! While I appreciate all the recipes, I hope you’re not abandoning sharing your thoughts in your poetic style of writing. Your prose is so enjoyable to read & to ponder about life!

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