Friday, July 5, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Dreaming, Dreaming, always scheming,
How does your garden grow?
With parsley, sage and oregano,
And basil all in a row!

When we hit the road a few weeks ago I had a few recipes in mind that I wanted to prepare. One required fresh basil; the other, parsley. Mr. Dreamy came back from the store with hydroponically grown basil and a bunch of parsley. "Oh, Goody," said I, "I can put the hydroponically grown basil in water and it will be happy for weeks." I was wrong. Sadly, wrong. One morning one stalk of the basil was wilted and sagging. The next morning another stalk went. I finally had to dump it all. The parsley lived on, happily, in its cup of water, but it began to yellow over time. 

So, we Dreamers assembled our own portable garden!

Last night I sacrificed harvested some basil.

I cut it in slices and used it atop one of our favorite treats.


Balsamic Strawberry Appetizer

strawberries (1 berry makes two treats)
balsamic vinegar
goat cheese
crackers, crostini or toast rounds

  1. After hulling each strawberry, cut into 4 slices.
  2. Pour a small amount of balsamic vinegar over the berries and stir gently to coat them.
  3. Cut basil in small strips.
  4. Spread goat cheese on crackers.
  5. Place two strawberry pieces on top of the goat cheese.
  6. Drizzle a small amount of honey over the berries.
  7. Place the basil on top of the honey.
  8. Find a private place, far away from anyone else, so you can enjoy your treats!


  1. That looks such a cute garden and the appetizer sounds yummy ツ

  2. Portable gardens are great. We had one last summer.

  3. Simple pleasures....yum. We have the best garden in our 32 year history at the farm. We have strawberries, the vinegar and basil...just need to get some goat cheese. Thanks!

  4. What a great idea and this looks so delicious! I'll have to try it, maybe tonight!


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