Turning the Soil (and a new recipe!)

August 23, 2010 at 6:27 am 4 comments

In my previous post I gave you guys a nice recap of what I have been up to. I laugh at myself for saying “you guys” because I honestly have no idea who my audience is nor do I know if anyone even really reads my posts! But I guess I’ll continue to use that phrase while writing on here.

So my time away from the whole blogging world made me feel entirely cleansed. I loved not taking pictures of everything I ate, hoping the photos turned out decent, and shocker: I didn’t work out for two whole weeks while I was in Costa Rica and I didn’t fall apart! All of this has led me to realize I don’t want to continue blogging as a “What I Ate” gal anymore. Who has time for that anyway? 😯 I know that I don’t! Since I will be starting school again I will have even less time, so here is my plan for where I plan on taking my little virtual diary:

Recipes? Yes. Farm and garden talk? Yes. Occasional photo of something I ate (only if it looks good!)? Yes. Photos I’ve taken? Yes. Blog posts every single day? Sorry Charlie, but no thank you.

I’m going to mix it up and change this blog around so that I can use it as more than an insight to my daily episodes. I like my privacy so don’t expect photos of everything I eat, every mile I run, every race I run in, and every thought that goes through my head. I’m still interested in food and fitness and the whole bit but I’m excited to expand my blogging horizons! It’s just like cultivating the earth, you have to turn the soil. 😉


With that said…I have a new recipe to share! Many of you don’t know, but I work for an organic farmer and help sell at his stand every Sunday at a farmers market. Something I look forward to seeing in the summer are the lemon cucumbers he grows. Have you ever seen one or eaten one?

[ Insert photo of lemon cucumbers that I thought I had, but couldn’t find in my iPhoto ]

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, search for a photo in Google before proceeding… :mrgreen:

One of the questions that customers ask me most about this cute veggie is, “Does it taste like a lemon?”. You might be wondering that yourself and in case you are, the answer is no. Some things are named the way they are simply because of appearance! I’ve yet to see an elephant garlic that looks like an elephant.

If you happen to spot these crisp gems at your local farmers market and are curious about their taste they have a light sweetness with the crunch you can only get from sinking your teeth into a juicy cucumber. Make sure you grab a few this season before they are gone!

Here is a great way to put the cucumbers to good use. Of course you can substitute the lemon cucumbers for an English or Persian or any cucumber for that matter. This is a very easy and fresh salad you can use as a side dish to your Labor Day weekend barbecue!

Summer Zest Lemon Cucumber Salad

Serves 4-6


  • -6 medium-sized lemon cucumbers
  • -1/2 bunch of your favorite herb (parsley, cilantro, basil..), chopped
  • -1 cup cooked whole wheat orzo (or your favorite grain)
  • – 4 oz. fresh feta, cubed
  • – 1/3 C raisins
  • – 2 T grape seed oil
  • – 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • – zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • – salt and pepper to taste
  • – thin slices of lemon for garnish (optional)

Mix grape seed oil, vinegar, lemon zest and juice, salt in pepper in a small bowl. Place remaining ingredients in a larger bowl and pour dressing over. Toss gently and adorn with thinly sliced lemon. Chill in fridge before serving.

Until next time! Arrivederci!


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nicole @ Making Good Choices  |  August 25, 2010 at 4:01 am

    I love that you help at a farmer’s market, I would love to do that. I totally know what you mean about blogging, it is such a time commitment and while I’ve had time to blog everyday during the summer, I don’t know if I can when I go back to teaching.

    • 2. Alexandra  |  August 30, 2010 at 6:01 am

      Thank you! Balance is key, I think!

  • 3. Tammy McLeod  |  August 28, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Sounds like you arrived at a really good place in knowing what you want and in realizing how consuming the blogging thing can be.

    • 4. Alexandra  |  August 30, 2010 at 6:01 am

      Thanks! Yes it is very time consuming especially when you want to make a good post. Hopefully this one wasn’t too much of rant rant and more of a release of my thoughts 🙂


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