My favourite part of our Turkey/ North Cyprus adventure was the vegetable market on the road toward Girne/Kyrenia.
I think no sooner than the words “if there’s anywhere you want to stop” were out of Sergio’s mouth then I spotted the market and said, “stop there!”
I felt like we hasn’t had much vegetable action and so I sort of binged on all things green. And red and purple.
Stunning peppers. Piles of deep hued reds and verdant greens, filled with hot hot hotness! Bins and bins of peppers. Mint. Oh my! Leafy greens, nectarines.
Eggs in a bag, straight from the farm. Mushrooms. Oh! The thing I love and I miss most! Mushrooms! And of course, sweet figs. Figs at the front counter. Waiting for me!
It was pretty much my idea of heaven. We visited often. It was pretty incredible.
I only regret that I didn’t bring my camera into the market to take pictures there. But I couldn’t resist when we arrived home, as I was scrubbing and sampling and revelling in vegetable heaven, to take a few indulgent still shots!
Kew Gardens had a lovely garden table focusing on various herbs and tea party treats. It was the theme of the Mad Hatters tea party. It was a really creative way to showcase the edible & culinary herbs. I wish I had a table like this in my backyard…
There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter.
Well! I did a bit of research and found that you can actually root the tops of pineapples instead of throwing them out.
Over the holidays there were quite a few pineapples here. So I stole the tops and started sprouting! I am a big fan of re-using house scraps!
You just peel a few bottom leaves gently off the top, put them in water and the little nobs will grow into roots!
Next step: plant them into some house plant pots– or if you live somewhere warm enough and have the space, directly into the ground. They will grow from there. The old leaves might fall off but new ones should sprout up from the center. Takes a couple of years for a new pineapple to grow! I think I will be contented with having pineapple plants growing out in the yard just for the fun of it!