Garden Pasta

This is an on-the-fly post and a quick snapshot before devoured as I was at my sister’s house visiting her and her newborn and had brought lunch ingredients.

The night before I quickly made a garlic scape pesto which was highly improvised with just garlic scapes, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, olive oil, and some salt. I had it with some sourdough bread and it was super spicy!

This dish has:

Spaghetti noodles: found in bulk at WinCo

Peas: picked from my garden

Garlic scape pesto: from the garden + bulk ingredients

Mint: garden

To make pasta:

Boil water and salt and cook spaghetti, adding in peas (shelled peas or snap peas with shell) in the last minute.

Reserve a couple cups of pasta water.

Drain.

Add in 3/4 cup of pesto into pasta water and stir to combine.

Put pasta back into pot, pan, or bowl then top with the pesto sauce.

Top this off with about 1/4 cup or fresh mint leaves.

Enjoy!

Peace and love,

Kristan

Reuse: Newspaper Bin Liner / Package

I’m not convinced this serves the purpose of a trash bin liner very well. The newspaper size would need to be much bigger if it were to work in a functional way. However, I did use my first attempt at this with a smaller paper as a sort of package to tote my extra pens to school instead of keeping at home. I like the idea of this as a sort of street food package or burger or potato chip holders at a barbecue or even popcorn for a movie night.

Here are the steps to making one:

Layer 2 – 4 pieces of newspaper together.

Fold up one corner the way one would to find a perfect square, but keep it in a triangle shape.

Cut off the rectangle of excess.

Fold the bottom corner up to meet the top left corner.

Repeat on other side with the right corner to meet the top left corner. Crease.

Unfold those last two folds. Take the bottom corner to meet the crease made by the right corner when it met the left corner.

Repeat with the right corner to meet the new crease created by the previous fold.

Separate the 2 or 3 or 4 layers of newspaper you used and fold over the top. Crease.

Flip it over and repeat on the other side.

Open it up and place into a bin!

I think this still could work as a trash can liner if you are living a low waste lifestyle and therefore do not put wet items into the trash, and recycle anything that can be recycled. Or make one just for fun to try it out!

Peace and love,

Kristan

Watermelon, Feta, Mint, & Fennel Salad

Watermelon has been tasting so good lately with the arrival of warm weather.

A version of this salad is a regular feature in my kitchen whenever watermelon is available.

This time, I added some fennel due to my garden having an abundance of it at the moment.

To make:

Cut up half of a watermelon and place into container or bowl.

Slice up a fennel bulb into thin slices and place into container.

Add in 1/4 cup mint leaves and a few fronds of fennel.

Top with 1 – 2 Tablespoons of feta cheese or vegan substitute if desired.

Enjoy in the sunshine with your favorite tunes playing in the background! My top choice is almost always Arthur Russell. I’ll be enjoying this in my backyard during the daytime because as of this posting there is only one more day of school left!

Peace and love,

Kristan