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"Where better to care for the soul than in the details of our daily lives?....The soul has an absolute, unforgiving need for regular excursions into enchantment. It requires them like the body needs food and the mind needs thought... An enchanted world is one that speaks to the soul, to the mysterious depths of the heart and imagination where we find value, love and union with the world around us. As mystics of many religions have taught, that sense of rapturous union can give a sense of fulfillment that makes life purposeful and vibrant." ~ Thomas Moore.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Provencal Salad

Hello Everyone,

I am still slowly recovering from March Madddnnesssss......I am hearing from almost everyone, how difficult it was with so many of the deepest kind of challenges.
I have a suspicion I have a minute of respite here so I am stealing time to make this post.
Soon I will be able to move back into my bedroom.
I picked up a piece of furniture from IKEA yesterday because I found nothing else anywhere and I got tired of looking for something with ''just so'' dimensions. This one particular situation {of several}  I am talking about has been with termites, unparalleled tiny terminators which I didn't know could cause so much damage or STRESS, especially with me when I am watching my furniture, floor and sauna being turned into paper because they were eating away at them.
But we insisted on Natural as the fumigation tenting procedure is NOT what I wanted to do as it would kill everything Green I have been growing including on the entire house itself like Mr. Repens,  and the termite guys were all loathe to see this garden and the Ficus Repens on the house be destroyed and didn't want us to go that route either....not to mention the expense of removing all your foods and having to sleep in a hotel for days etc......what a horrid mess and expensive unnecessary process.
We went with a natural remedy called Timbor because the man who chose this product had a father who used the fumigation chemicals and tenting and after so many years of handling these chemicals he became a vegetable and the son had to care for him out of a wheelchair in his final the son, now elderly himself, choose a natural product which is used extensively in California because they are more GREEN in mind and body there than the east coast here, and this man has had success with using this product for over 50 years now.
 After having the house treated I can say so far I have not seen those horrid little piles of wood pellets on my floor or sauna. My sauna is very important to me, it is a far infra red sauna and it saved my life from chemicals including mercury. It is incredibly beneficial to my health and I feel so good and clean inside and out when I use it and I didn't want to let it go. They said time will tell but it looks good.
Soooooo, in my bedroom I had to get rid of a piece of furniture I had that was made of bamboo and a basket that was holding my CD's.....because they were harboring the tiny terminators too. But I did find a nice piece of white furniture which THANK  GOD  I  DO  NOT  HAVE  TO  PAINT  BECAUSE  IT  IS  ALREADY  WHITE !!!
I cannot tell you how much I am relieved of not having to paint, as if any of you know, I have been painting this entire house inside and out and I am sooooo over it fixed for life now, so no painting for me anymore.
Now I just have to wait for John to put it together for me. It is a nice bookshelf with doors from top to bottom, but the top half is glass and the bottom half of the doors are solid so you only see the inside from the top. I need the private storage and with the glass I can have some nice shelf space to display things nicely which I am actually finding I am in enough of a calm place now to entertain with a small degree of fun-ness as to how to do this.....almost feeling playful which tells me I may not be so damaged after all.
Will take pics of that and post soon.

But this post again, is about a beautiful fun Provencal Salad which I wondered about one day, googled and made the next :D, and it was delicious and I encourage anyone to make it if you so desire as it is both delicious and very healthy complete with all necessary nutrients.
I do not know how "authentic" it is, and I do not much care but it is quite good.

I started off in my Garden which is quite a pleasure now since everything is doing so well, and I have lots of I picked out some fresh lettuce, plenty of herbs, arugula, and mustard which came back from last year to my great joy.....I simply cut off all the leaves, some were good, some not, and it started to come back and grew large and healthy again.....I can do this with quite a number of greens it turns out.

I put on 4 eggs to hardboil and as they cooked I picked out the greens

sorry pics are bad, but I believe you get the idea anyway :D  these are radicchio and lettuces

 radiccio coming along, I love how they grow in the center in spirals with deep red veins..



a great variety in a bowl that was way too small for all I picked :D

a humongous mustard leaf.....I find it interesting that the first generation of these greens didn't taste much like mustard but this second generation definitely tastes like mustard and are so wonderful in sandwiches.


  tore the greens into small pieces and put everything in a large bowl.
 added olives and sliced onions and walnuts, you can do whatever you like, I used what I had


  When the eggs were cool I cut them into quarters and added them

  and then the beautiful dressing which I got from this site.

~ Classic Provencal Dressings by Wolfgang Puck

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoon s garlic, minced
2 tablespoon  shallots, minced
1 1/2 cup s extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt
Fresh ground white pepper
Sugar, pinch

Pour into a nice cruet......

*Update: I DID just make this again, and I revised a few things in this dressing. I personally just use a teaspoon of garlic and a teaspoon of Raspberry Vinegar and mustard, not as much as he does.....I prefer the flavor of mustard and lemon and no sugar...this recipe is merely a guideline for your preferences in my opinion.  Serve yourself the amount of salad you want and add the dressing from cruet. Last time I poured over the entire salad but if you don't eat it all, it will get soggy. .......toss gently and enjoy!
I enjoyed it very much for two days, and after typing this all out am wanting it again, so I am now going to eat!

Stay Calm and Keep Gardening.

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  1. oh my it has been a while since I stopped by! This salad sounds so good I must make it! Sorry to hear about the termites, they are miserable. Glad you were able to resolve it in a green way. xo

  2. oh my goodness! just two days ago I was wondering where you went to and here you are? How ARE you?? thank for visiting, and yes it is a great salad.

  3. What an unexpected pleasure to have you around here again, my dear! And your recipe comes right on time because I´m absolutely into salads these days (despite of the first autumn colds, which subtly invite us to have more high calory content meals). Those olives look wonderful with the walnuts and the onions, the boiled eggs and the amazing greens from your garden... Definitely I have to try it! Please keep in touch, I really miss you girl!
    Warmest hugs,

    1. Hi mama :D
      I realized I had a minute with nothing to do and so it was a fun idea to think I could make a I did. It brought back a vague feeling of ''normalcy'' in my world. I did have too much salad actually lol, it is quite a filling can add anything to it and I need to be eating more greens again....I got off due to the stress, eating only comfort foods which only make you feel psychologically worse, but the cravings! oh my goodness.
      But I am working now on John's laptop and even got the pictures thing working know, I suspected my pc was on its last days and I saved all my pics on a flash drive and it is the only way I have been able to post....I had so many pictures I really wanted to keep, and I have them now on this laptop to post.....but will continue in email soon.
      mucho hugs!

  4. Your salad looks so delicious! Nothing better than a fresh salad. Sorry about you bug problem. No more painting for you? I just can't stop :)

    1. Thank you Sandy.....yes I said NO more painting for me......but will that really stop me?? lol just today I looked at something which I said ...'no this is the wrong color, it needs to be white or Antoinette Pink''......and what? I can do small things.....but I pray to god not anything bigger.

  5. Good morning cottage dweller! I have missed you, but when you post, it is always a delight for the eyes and mind. Having grown up in California, I know TERMITES. My parents' little cottage in their retirement years was literally falling apart above their heads.

    Your salad is the perfect meal to eat outside in a covered deck. I hope you are truly enjoying good health; I have been suffering from a strange vertigo for an entire month now, but I can report it is dissipating, but it is a stubborn thing. Rain has come to our region, promising color and new life, and guess what? I am looking for a white settee to put in my patio area, and it's you who inspired me! I do hope I can find the one I want.

    Well Lady, enjoy your day, be well, and PEACE!

    1. oh dear, so the March Madness got to you too....I don't think it left anyone out....and I know what you mean about a comment you made about ''us fragile humans, to us, who are vessels of a most precious gift: THE SOUL.''....because I feel now some do not possess this gift...yes?

      But I am sorry to hear about your vertigo, that is NO fun, I you know why it comes? these things have all kinds of reasons for coming actually.....but it is kind of poetic that one such as you, a Bard and Artist would have spinning in the is a trait of Bards and Artists to need that kind of movement to have 360 perspectives on situations and life for much richer understandings.

      And I am grinning with joy to think I have inspired you all the way over there :D to find a white settee.....I do know you will find the perfect one.
      John just bought for me, not sure why yet, a white wooden rocking chair.....soooooo nice!! it is under the Gazebo now....and yes every time I walk in there I still enjoy very much the Rose and Moss is quite will love yours too.
      warmest hugs and speedier recuperation!

  6. Bubbly Greetings, Dear Enchantress!
    So that has been one of the issues....critters...oh... icky!! I am very relieved for you that they are gone? I hope, I hope! And with a GREEN solution, yes! My goodness, what an ordeal.
    It's wondeful to see a post from you, and I just want to make sure you saw my e-mail re: the music?
    Loving it so much.

    Your salad is making my mouth water, but what is most magical is that your greens are coming from the garden...bliss, I tell you....

    I pray you are feeling strong and happy, dear friend....
    Your goodies will be in the mail very soon. :)
    Love and many blessings,
    - Irina

  7. I am FINALLY HERE! My dearest and lovely Lady, when I saw your comment yesterday, I just DANCED with joy, knowing that you SEE what I see...Twilight is perfect for me dear heart...and I shall light my candelabras in the garden so that my white flowers against the lush green boxwoods SPARKLE. Tulle? ABSOLUTELY. Cirque du Soleil? Of course. Order two white stallions and we shall ride toward the moon. Everything will be white to light the way. Chandeliers, water fountains that sing, and pure nature will be our trail. Oh thank you for coming out to play and dance with me!!!!!!!!

  8. Oh my dear friend, I so love your second comment, and I responded via email, and my email CRASHED! I resent my message with some photos from my garden last year in the NIGHT, with candles!!!!!! Let's have that pegasus party and DANCE ALL NIGHT in our flowing white gowns. I'm SO READY!

  9. As a garden enthusiast, I am always on the lookout for ways to create that special atmosphere one experiences in the gardens of Provence and Tuscany. Recently I found a wonderful resource in West Palm Beach, Florida: Authentic Provence ( Walk into this oasis of calm, and you will see what I think is the finest collection of European garden antiques available in the USA: statues, fountains, planters (note especially the classic Caisse de Versailles, and Anduze pottery), terra cotta shields, stone animals, copper pots, garden spouts, and on and on. They also have beautiful stone fireplaces, re-purposed tiles, and many other specialty items. The staff is very adept at finding that special item, and in arranging shipping to anywhere in the USA. Definitely worth a visit, AND there is a great coffee shop across the street!

    1. thank you Jane Carter for that information, I am totally in love with terracotta of Italy and am always looking for pottery for my garden, this is a great tip and I will make the trip there, thank you so much !


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