Friday, 11 April 2008

Hemp Seed Butter, Green Onion, and Garlic Dip: It IS easy being green ;)

April is always a busy time for me. I have projects to mark. Exams to concoct. Panicky statistics students to soothe. Exams to mark.

And this year there's the garden :)

The weather earlier this week was up to 15 degrees celsius. So out came the shovel. After about 1/2 an hour I waffled. This was challenging me physically and I feared slinking back into overwhelming helplessness. I went back to the safety of my kitchen and took a long drink of water. I contemplated the realism of what I was undertaking. Between the last slurp of my water and my short walk back to my abandoned shovel something else was planted....my own inner resolve to just try my best. I parcelled out my garden in my head and asked myself if I could just dig a small enough patch for the onion and garlic bulbs. Some of the bulbs were from the remnants of my garden of 2 years ago and some from my fridge - purchased last year but never planted -they will keep for two years I was told when I purchased them.

In about 4 hours work (2 hours each day it was warm) I managed to turn over and weed about 1/5 of my small 'farm' in my backyard. The yard was completely neglected last year so there is a lot of clearing out of old weeds and roots.

And here are a few of my babies in their freshly turned earth :)




All of this planting of onions had me hankering for a taste of 'fresh' spring onions. So I headed out to the local grocery store and got me some. This dip is very simple and absolutely delicious with the cucumbers, organic baby spinach and organic blue corn chips I had with it.

I can't wait to make it with REALLY fresh and completely local spring onions ;) Perhaps those cucumbers and spinach seeds will make it out there too. The perfect locavore-ish lunch!

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Hemp Seed Butter, Green Onion, and Garlic Dip
The ingredients are given per serving. Adjust accordingly - you can make extra and keep it in the fridge.
2 - 3 Tbsp hemp nut butter $22.00/kg MB ManitobaHarvest
1 minced clove organic garlic $11.15/kg ON Karma
1 finely chopped spring onion, green part only $0.59/bunch USA local grocery store
Hot chili pepper/cayenne to taste
Sea salt to taste $1.06/kg ? Karma
splash of organic cider vinegar (Filsinger's ) $2.90/L ON Karma

6 comments:

mdmhvonpa said...

Eh? Is that legal in the US?

Orla Hegarty said...

Yup....the company ships most of their product to the US (according to the newsletter that came in with my last shipment). Look at their FAQ for more info.

Hemp seed butter has a very unique taste due to the natural chlorophyll content. I like it mixed with savoury/spicy things rather than very sweet things.

Wisewebwoman said...

Gawd, I watch "Weedman" in his yellow and green vehicle (vaguely reminiscent in some obtuse way of "Soylent Green", the movie) pump his lethal way around this neighbourhood's lawns.
Does nobody stand back and think?
Does anyone have a pack of say, carrot seeds? Nope. Everyone asleep at the switch of climate change.
Poisonous green lawns and poisonous blue pools litter this particular landscape.
Refreshing to read your writing, my dear!
XO
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Sheltie Girl said...

Now this does sound interesting and accounts for the very green shade of the butter.

Sheltie Girl @ Gluten A Go Go

Wisewebwoman said...

Orla:
There is an award for you over at my blog.
XO
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LISA EMRICH said...

Orla, how are ya doin? Coming back soon?