Today I want to share with you one of the tastiest dishes of yum I have had in a long time. I am looking for the right adjectives to express how flavourful and delicious this recipe is.  Scrumptious? Delectable? Divine? All three?

As I recently confessed I enjoy my fair share of marinated veggies. This dish uses marinated artichoke hearts which are not necessarily on the budget side of thing however they make this dish come alive. The nori sheet adds a salty taste and overall it is a winning combination.

Artichoke and Fennel Salad with Nori
Serves 2
One word: delicious
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 1 nori sheet torn into pieces
  2. 4 TBS nutrional yeast
  3. 1/2 cup of olive oil
  4. 1 fennel bulb
  5. 1 medium sized ( 400g) of marinated artichoke hearts
  1. Scrub and cut off the extra bits of the fennel bulb.
  2. Place in the oven at 175c and cook until it is soft enough to pierce with a fork.
  3. When fennel is ready let it cool.
  4. Place fennel bulb, artichoke hearts and oil into a blender and blend until the veggies are a coarse and flaky consistency.
  5. Add the nori sheet and nutrional yeast and blend for some time.
  6. If necessary add more olive oil for a wetter mix ( which will sit on top of crackers or in a sandwich easier).
  7. Add a few grinds of black pepper.
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Book shelf herb planter


Last summer we grew quite a meagre garden. Being new on the block and in the country it took us a while to do our research and figure out what was necessary in the way of soil and the likes. We would ask questions of gardeners and, as is often the way, we would get quite a few varying suggestions on how to grow a garden bursting with goodness.


Wooden pallet

In November we also gained a new family member in the form of our dog, Lola, who did not have any respect for our time and effort. We learned the hard way.

This spring and summer we will be ready. Big G and I have had a year to figure it out and have a game plan. We will only grow what we will eat for starters after last year growing spicy greens we did not care for. We have mulled over ways to keep Lola at bay. Fortunately she is quite a bit older and wiser when it comes to messing with our stuff.

Big G spent a good part of his Saturday making these “raised beds” out of recycled wood and nails from pallets such as the one on the side. The work he did is quite impressive and makes me excited to be growing this season.

Upcycled raised garden bed

Upcycled raised garden bed

On top of the raised beds Big G ( with the help of little g) has taken an old corner bookshelf and made it into a herb garden. I am a herb fan for garnish and flavour and amazing nutritional value. Bring on the herbs I say.

It is such an awesome feeling to reuse and recycle the wood and to see what it can be used for. Feeling exceptionally grateful that Big G took the time and effort to make these raised beds. I know our garden for this up coming growing season is on the right track!

Have a fabulous rest of the week and I will see you Friday.