After all this talk of gardening techniques, seeds, and soil, we can’t forget the original purpose of a garden – to grow food! On Monday, July 15th, Derek Nottingham from Guest Services visited Boys Home to give a cooking demonstration using some of the fresh produce from the garden.
The focus for the morning was on salads; they’re simple, easy to make, and they don’t heat up the house when it’s 89 degrees and humid! The kitchen staff had thoughtfully sliced all of the veggies beforehand, so it was mostly a matter of mixing everything into the appropriate bowl. There were six varieties of salad all together: southwest tomato, spinach and berry, tomato and broccoli with a blue cheese dressing, Greek salad, apple zucchini with vinaigrette, and watermelon and herb. Despite years as a professional chef, Derek admitted to being laid-back about following recipes. “If you’re baking, you want your cake to rise, so follow the recipe exactly,” he advised. “Otherwise, you can relax a little.”