A safe place for our precious, fragile and the young
A place to feed
A place of rest
Nothing can compare to a Mother's Nest
A Nest is made from an elaborate collection of organic and human made materials that are purposeful for the best resting place. It is both private and communal - a place to host. A Nest is a space to be close with the ones you love, it is where you care for others and build companionship.
Both men and women have an internal need to create a nesting place, although it looks different for everyone. It is not about perfection, rather it is a collective experience that is developed over time and changes as the family grows. Your "todays" reflect what is current in your Nest, what is comforting and available at the time. There are textures, sounds and scents present. They fill your body - it is your here and now. The Nest also contains artifacts and memories from the past, celebrating the monumental moments once lived. One cannot replace one for the other - for our heart values both || new and old ||.
This is reflective in our cooking and preparations as well, we use our past to shape our present. It intertwines comfort from long ago with new trends. My kitchen takes my canned vegetable and meat experience that I had as a child and creatively modernizes it to match my current style of living. I find it fresh, I update it a bit and use it to fill the bellies at my table. Everything my mom and dad did was out of love, using what they had to make a home, a Nest, a place to come and rest. It was filled with six kids, lots of friends and much love. Great is my Thankfulness!
When creating a nesting meal I often go to the farmers market or local market to search for seasonal ingredients I feel drawn to. June is a month to celebrate strawberries and an array of fresh greens.
Our Redmond farmers market also carries a goat cheese from Sunny Pine Farm in Twisp, Washington that is Très Délicieux! (Very Delicious). It comes in many different varieties so you can use it in all sorts of appetizers & salads. If you have an opportunity to taste samples from the vendors at your weekly farmer's market - just do it. You may be surprised and connect with something unexpected.
Go and explore to see what ingredients pull you in and make you want to create your own personalized Nest.
Getting started with my collection of ingredients.
Place your greens in your favorite salad bowl and then begin to layer in other ingredients.
Mix your dressing in a mason jar and keep your chopped strawberries separate. Stir dressing and add the strawberries right before serving.
Lightly dress your salad, toss, and taste. Then add more dressing as desired and top with extra nuts and goat cheese. Don't forget to salt and pepper at the end.
Ready to serve.
Make each plate beautiful!
Baby Greens Topped with Strawberry Dressing
Serves 4 to 6
- 5 to 7 ounces of your favorite baby green mixture; mine included radicchio, arugula, kale and spinach etc.
- 1 large avocado cut into cubes
- Additional avocado - sliced avocado can be added as a garnish to top the salad
- 1/3 cup of a red onion sliced thinly
- 3/4 of small log of organic goat cheese - crumbled
- 1/3 cup or more of crushed honey roasted pecans
- Strawberries for the garnish
- Salt and pepper to taste
Makes approximately 3/4 cup of dressing
- 1/3 cup of avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of orange juice
- 1 heaping teaspoon of Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons of organic honey
- 2 cloves of garlic that have been pressed or minced
- Three large strawberries diced
In a large bowl add your salad mix, top with finely sliced red onion, cubed avocado, crumbled goat cheese and nuts. Place the salad in the fridge while you are preparing the dressing.
In a mason jar add lemon and orange juice, Dijon mustard, honey, two cloves of pressed garlic, salt and pepper. Incorporate fully and then drizzle in 1/3 cup of avocado oil, mix to further incorporate. Keep this portion of the dressing mix separate from the strawberries, before serving stir your dressing one more time and then add strawberries.
When you are ready to serve - drizzle the dressing over the salad using your desired amount. Toss the salad and top with extra goat cheese, crushed nuts, sliced avocado and strawberries for garnish. Crack salt and pepper over your salad at the very end.
If you plan to use this salad as a meal you can add rotisserie chicken.
PS ~ Now It's time for a girlfriend luncheon in the garden.