Out in the Garden or the Roasted Winter Sun

We spent the morning at a garden potluck with the lovely people of The Learning Garden in Venice, California. We were a little late for the food, though desert was in full swing.  And then, oh then we got a tour of the garden…

The Learning Garden

Venice High School

Venice CA

Only in California can you find papayas, cotton, lettuces, peppers, fig trees, onions and snake fruit in the same patch.  The place has been lovingly blossoming under the care of David King, Garden Master, for the last 10 years and whose legacy can be seen in the far corner of the garden.  A beautiful young california oak.  The place is a nature heaven in the Urban Landscape, used to educate the teens at the school and those enrolled in classes at the UCLA extension.  They are always in need of volunteers!  Volunteering is AMAZING!  Aside from the satisfaction of helping and building community.  You learn so much from volunteering for just your time and energy.  I don’t know enough about gardening and I can’t wait to start spending time here and see this place as spring comes.  And then summer! And on and on!

After being in the garden all day all I could think of was veggies in their most natural state.  That and eating them. So naturally I did almost the minute I got home.  On this warm warm, bright bright, sunny sunny January day in the city of angels it was a joy to roast some vegetables that so vibrantly reflect the sun in the sky.

Delicata Squash

Cut in 1/2 length wise.  Scoop out seeds and place in baking pan.  Crack Sea Salt and Black Pepper over the top.  Drizzle Maple Syrup and pat just the tiniest bit of butter. Bake for 50 minutes at 350.  Test with a fork, the fork should sink deep into the squash with little resistance.  Allow to cool for 5-10 mins, devour with a large spoon.

Honey Thyme Carrots

Cut carrot green tops off carrots.  Clean with a damp cloth to remove dirt.  Place in baking dish in a single layer.  Drizzle with honey and fresh thyme.  Crack Sea Salt and Black Pepper over top.  Bake at 350 for 30 mins.  Allow to cool for 5 mins, grab by the tops and do your best hedonistic rabbit impression.

This is inspired by a much more high class dish a dear friend and professional Chef does at The Den in Los Angeles.  It is a hell of a bar in the very of heart of Hollywood, that has recently stepped it’s nosh factor up.

I hope your face saw the sun today!

Potlucks held every Friday in the Learning Garden at 12:30pm.  Bring something to share!

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