Things To Do With Kids – Gardening

It surely wasn’t San Francisco weather, it was the calendar, that reminded me of all the amazing months we spent at babushka’s every year: playing in her beautiful garden; eating cherries, apples, and pears fresh off the trees; picking the sweetest strawberries EVER… and slaving, slaving, slaving in the vegetable garden.


Ohm.. Our hose was useless since the water pressure was so low. We filled huge buckets with water over night, and irrigated the whole plantation manually. And if that was not enough – there were also disgusting tasks – like picking up bugs from the potato leaves, or tortures tasks like pruning. So, you can imagine my love for growing all things green – there isn’t any!


Once in a while I would buy a huge plant at The Home Depot and put the black plastic container it comes with into a nice ceramic one.That’s been my idea of gardening for years.

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During my mom’s visits here, such plants would be watered on regular basis and somewhat loved (by mom). Then she would leave. The plant would survive (miraculously or because of whatever drugs The Home Depot stuffs it with) for a few months, and then I’d have to replace it with a new one.


The food blogging community touched some strings in me, that I thought didn’t exist. So, this year, the kids and I planted some herbs and flowers.  This time, I controlled the amount of stuff we are going to grow (or kill).

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Luckily, our San Francisco yards are tiny. Strangely enough, the kids love to water the new greens. Don’t ask me why. Silly things! They also keep looking for pixie dust, and leave cookies and milk for ferries before going to bed. Sorry, Santa.



Poppy seed salad

So, last night during my hot yoga class all I could think about was that the French Crapes I made yesterday morning should be renamed to BAD IDEA crapes!  Oh, despite the usual gallon of water and no eating before the class I was dying out there! 


Hence, a healthy recipe today.


When my husband and I moved in together in (ohm) Taxes, we used to OD on this salad – it’s that good! The mango and strawberries go surprisingly well with steaks.  Now that we are out of TX, the steaks are not served as frequently in our household.  So, here is a vegetarian version.

The secret is in the dressing.  I bought this one at Whole Foods, thought they have them pretty much anywhere, even on Amazon.

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  • 3 cups of mixed greens
  • 1/4 bunch dill, chopped
  • 1 green onion stem, chopped
  • 1/2 mango, cubed
  • 4 strawberries, sliced
  • 2-3 tbs Briannas’ Poppy Seed dressing


Toss everything together.  Voilà!


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