This weekend we dusted the cobwebs off the BBQ and harvested fresh produce from the garden. Summers coming, the days are longer, warmer and brighter and simple wholesome dinners are prepared outside on the BBQ instead of in large warming cast iron pots. The sausages are beef home kill, the vegetables were pulled from the garden and the sweet spring clovers were picked fresh from the fields. Your body naturally craves more nutrient dense raw food in summer to cool and refresh. Humans and nature work in one big circle. We should work with not against the rhyme. It's a beautiful relationship once you can see and you can understand it.
Clovers are sweet spring flowers that are great eaten raw or dried in tea and for infusions. They are a handy herb to use to cleanse the blood, for when you want to treat external out breaks like acne or eczema you need to look inward and to cleanse the blood is a great way to start. They taste sweet and are incredible scattered through a salad for freshness, colour and added sweetness. When picking clover the deeper and brighter the colour the sweeter they will be.
Spring green salad with a miso and sesame dresing
Handful of garden greens
1 beetroot, grated
1 carrot, grated
1 avocado, sliced
1/4 cucumber, sliced and halved
1/4 cup mixed raw seeds ( I used sesame, chia, pumpkin, sunflower and slivered almonds )
Handful of freshly picked clovers
Layer the vegetables in the order the ingredients are listed.
1 Tbsp miso paste
1 Tbsp Manuka honey
1 tsp sesame oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Place the ingredients in a jar and screw the lid on tight. Shake a dozen times until the ingredients are incorporated. Drizzle over your salad and serve.
Seasonal Winter Juice
1 bunch spinach
3 stalks of celery
Handful of each mint and parsley
Juice of 1 lime
Handful of speed well- leaves and flowers are medicinal
Juice the above ingredients and enjoy over ice. When slow juicing enzymes last up to 3 days.
This weed is known by the names of - Birdseye Speedwell, Veronica Persica, gypsy weed
This weed is of abundance in winter time and grows in rich soil of lawns or overgrown patches of grass. For such a tiny weed it has powerful healing and medicinal properties. Speedwell is named after its ability of fast healing.
Medicinal Properties include:
• used by gypsies as a blood purifier
• removes excess mucus, soothe internal tissues, treat coughs, asthma, pleurisy
• a tea made of speedwell is used to clear sinus congestion, help eyesight and ease sore eyes.
I had a swollen top eyelid and sore eye - bathing it with speedwell healed it quickly
• goes to areas of tension, especially the neck and shoulder areas and helps relax the muscles
• externally to treat skin rashes, inflammation
• contains chlorophyll, minerals, vitamins, protein, antioxidants and is another plant easy to find in the garden to add to your smoothie or chop up finely and add to salads or make a pesto.
A handful of speedwell brought to the boil and steeped - drink as a tea or use cotton wool to dab one’s eyes as I did.
Sourced from http://www.wisdomseekers.co.nz
Gypsy weed song
Speedwell to travellers!
And speedwell is me.
My roots keep me from travelling,
As you can see.
Yet all those who travel
With their feet on the ground
Have noticed I've spread
The whole world round.
I'm too small to spy
From a car or a plane.
Yet, see me or not,
I'm here just the same.
So go on your travels.
And though they may say, "God speed,"
Don't pass by the gifts
Of the wise Gypsyweed.