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Enjoy Local Seasonal Food with Delicious Farm to Table Meals

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Organic Farmer and Small Farm Owner Maya Dailey, of Maya’s Farm, shares delicious and simple recipes for seasonal, local produce that anyone can create and enjoy!

Maya’s Simmered Farm Fresh Veggies with a Side of Eggs

Ingredients:

Fresh, Local, Organically Grown Produce from your Local Small Farm

Some Great Ingredients for this Dish include:

Spring Onions, Bell Peppers, Cauliflower, Carrots, Garlic, Turnips, Chard.

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Take your ingredients, wash and chop into small pieces.

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Place all ingredients into a sauce pan and simmer on low.

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Stir and add water as needed.

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Cover and let simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes or until the ingredients and soft and saucy.

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Gather some farm fresh, local, free range eggs.

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Fry in a pan with oil and coarse salt.

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Serve up simmered veggies on a plate.
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Place the eggs beside it and Enjoy!

Also excellent served with a side of dandelion greens – check out a great recipe here.

Check out more farm to table recipes from Maya here.

Wisdom Nectar Tea pairing recommendation: Purifying and Rejuvenating.  Enjoy a crisp minty flavor with your veggies.  Feel refreshed energized and nourished with great food and tea full of nutrients and minerals!

Share Food, Be Happy!

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Enjoy this beautiful, delicious and simple Spring Fennel Puree/Soup created by local Phoenix, Arizona Chef Sasha Levine

Fennel Puree/Soup

fennel puree

Ingredients: 1/2 medium onion – julienned (cut into long thin strips) 1 stalk green garlic – sliced 8 fennel roots – peeled & sliced 2 baby fennel – sliced 1 Tablespoon butter 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Salt & pepper Splash of cream, squeeze of lemon Directions:

Saute onions and green garlic in the butter & extra virgin olive oil – season with salt.  Cook until soft & slightly translucent.  Add fennel root & fennel, cook down until tender.  Add water or chicken stock & cover.  Simmer 5 minutes covered.  Add fresh cracked pepper, a splash of cream, & a squeeze of lemon.  Puree until silky.  Garnish with fennel & chopped fennel tops.  Great with fish & pork.

Enjoy!

Thank you Farmer’s & Chefs a like for Cultivating, Preparing & Sharing the Joys of Food with the World!

Love the Local Organic Produce?  Sign Up for Maya’s Farm CSA Share – Several Convenient Pick-ups around the Valley – www.mayasfarm.com

The Wisdom of Children – Words & Lessons to Live By

Wisdom Nectar Tea Seeds from African Daisy

“Wait! Don’t Throw Out That Seed!

We Can Plant It,

Then It Will Grow &

We Will Have Trees!

Climbing and Tree Wisdom Nectar Tea

We Can Eat the Fruit & Grow Strong”

The Causation Principle – Words of Wisdom from a 5 Year Old

(those seeds will actually grow into flowers)

African Daisies in the Neighborhood Wisdom Nectar Tea

Still Beautiful & Lovely 

Thank you for Reading & Sharing this Morsel of Wisdom of a Child

for more inspirations & teatime activities go to www.wisdomnectartea.com

Dandelion Greens-Greek Style!

Photo Credit: mayamade.blogspot.com

Photo Credit: mayamade.blogspot.com

As a Greek immigrant child in New York City, it was quite common to go 
to the park with your parents. Now you may think that this was common for most children in New York City. Well, the difference for us Greek immigrant children was that our parents had a knife and a plastic bag at all times. This was to search and seize the dandelion greens growing in the grass. We all hoped that our American friends did not spot us during this Greek tradition in the New York City parks. At that time, dandelion greens were only seen as a weed, not a green sold at your local super market or farmers’ market.

Ever since my childhood, I love my dandelion greens. They remind me of the Greek spirit in our neighborhood and home. Luckily, we know that they are also really good for you.

Photo Credit: motivenutrition.com

Photo Credit: motivenutrition.com

Here is how I prepare them:

Boil water with a pinch of salt.

Add greens.

 Boil for 10-15 minutes.

Strain.

Add olive oil to your liking and top off with FETA!!

Image courtesy of Chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, Arrows Restaurant and MC Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, ME

Image courtesy of Chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, Arrows Restaurant and MC Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, ME

With some good bread, this is a healthy meal.

Recipe Courtesy of Olga Tsoudis – Downtown Phoenix Resident

This lovely story and note was shared as an email correspondence with Maya Dailey of Maya’s Farm 

To which Maya replied: 

 Olga thanks so much for sharing this it brings chills to my body and 
 joy to my heart. Such traditions are very important to save. All 
 cultures have them and with care and respect we can acknowledge them 
 and save them. This is the very essence of the Slow Food movement! 
 Honoring cultural food traditions is sacred and necessary.
Blessings,
Maya

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Maya’s Farm CSA is all organic, local, super fresh produce delivered weekly Learn more and Sign up at www.mayasfarm.com

A Big & Beautiful Radish Baby

We found an enormous radish at the Local Public Market 

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I tried to get a picture to show the radish was almost the size of a 5 year olds head!

Maya at Maya’s Farm, where we found the radish, suggested she flip the root around and hold it like a baby – Genius!

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It became the cutest little baby…
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A lovable bundle of joy…

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Until we took it home….

It became a Delicious sautéed side!

RECIPE: “Home Fry” Local Radish & Greens:

Wash & chop the radish & leaves

& place them in separate piles.

Then heat the pan, add oil & salt.

When the pan is hot, place the chopped radish pieces in.

Sauté the pieces like home fries,

until they were getting golden or crispy.

Remove the radish pieces & sauté the radish greens with a little bit of salt & water.  

When the greens are soft & tender, but not over cooked, place them on a dish with the “home fry” radishes on top – Ready to Eat – Delicious!

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Check out www.mayasfarm.com for more information about great local, organic produce – Be fearless to try new things with cooking – keep it simple – keep it fun!

Happy Cooking!

The dish was enjoyed with Nourishing Tea from www.wisdomnectartea.com – a perfect pairing option.

Farm to Table with Maya’s Farm

Photo By: Monica Michelle

Photo By: Monica Michelle

Breakfast on the Farm with Maya Dailey

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The Freshest, Local, Organic Produce is Easier than Ever to Prepare!

Saute chopped Scallions in Oil in a pan

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Chop Radishes,

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Baby Carrots,

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Add Heat & Stir

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Add Chard,

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Garlic & a little bit of coarse Sea Salt

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Add some Farm Fresh Eggs

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Serve with Fresh Toast, Salsa & Butter

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The Perfect Farm to Table Breakfast

Share & Prepare with Your Friends and Family!

Maya’s CSA is a Great to Start Having Fun Cooking & Creating Unique Locally Inspired Food Dishes!

Enjoy!

We were thrilled to be a part of Maya’s Sunday Market & Events (come by Maya’s Farm to see the bounty of Phoenix in Winter), she even made us a farm to table breakfast!  It was so fun, inspiring & delicious we had to share it – we look forward to posting more seasonal local recipes & pairings with tea!

Sign Up for a Maya’s Farm CSA Share at www.mayasfarm.com we are so glad we did – it is changing or food habits, health and lifestyle for the better!

Many Blessings to Everyone!

An Arizona Sunset – Through the Eyes and Words of a Child

Arizona Sunset

“Beautiful yellow light that looks like a heart without the curl on it.

Look Arizona Sunset

Beside a Fiery Orange, Red & Yellow Matched Sculpture.

Arizona Sunset

Purple Clouds Start to Close It Up Like a Big Box Gathering A Rainbow.”

Seen at the Desert Botanical Garden Las Noches de Las Luminarias 

Precious Moments are meant to be Shared

(& Enjoyed with Tea)

Confessions of a Tech Detox Gone Awry

Tech Addict

A Summary of Excuses, Exceptions and Humility…

Below is the summary of days and reflections inspired by the Wisdom of a Tech Detox 2013. 

Day 1: The Most Successful and Focused Day – Bright Eyed and Ideal with the Goal – I Happily let my morning phone “time check” impulse come and go without caving to the beckoning of my phone – my first important success!  

Throughout the day, I deliberately left my phone at home while running errands – yet the hourly impulses to check my tech remained (I didn’t even know they were there, or so strong until now…) – each moment of waiting or empty transition sparked the impulses to resurface like a haunting cough in the night.

Day 2: The Slippery Slope Begins – I confess, I used my phone as an alarm clock, my first digression.  And I used it to process credit transactions – but the really slippery slope began with an innocent temptation.

I saw a little boy slyly slip on a pair of fluorescent star-shaped pink sun glasses then his father did the same, like the Blues Brothers of downtown Phoenix.  “Awesome!” I said, “Could I take your picture?!”  The little boy with assertiveness and confidence replied, “Sure!”  I knew I was breaking my Tech Detox for this moment.  And I joyfully, unregrettably made this exception –

It was the beginning of the end of my discipline.  Moment upon priceless moment came rushing in….what could be an exception?  should I allow exceptions?  The slope kept getting steeper….

Day 3:  Excuses, Excuses…. I secretly purchased Leonie Dawson‘s 2014 Creating Your Amazing Year Workbook on Amazon.com (because… I needed it before the New Year!)… and did a rebel viewing of Key and Peele‘s Substitute Teacher (because… It was too funny not to share!)…. Then I found an amazing online offer from Vistaprint that I had received in the mail (and…. It expires tomorrow)….

Life without my tech, proved more challenging than I imagined…I found myself doing simple math on scratch paper, because… I could not use my cell phone calculator.  Friends commented that it appeared as though I was attempting to prove the theory of relativity on an 8.5×11 sheet…Furthermore, I became distraught when I could not remember the name of a dinosaur stuffed animal, and could not look it up! – wow – has my life really become this intertwined with tech?

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Day 4: The Ultimate Digression.  I convinced myself  that it was my last day of the Tech Detox….and somehow…..I found myself on Facebook…Then I received a message from a friend, teasing me about a “like” they saw I made in the timeframe I was supposed to be detoxing….I was so busted….

Then, a 4 year old made a delicious desert creation and asks me to photograph it and post it on the blog! I confess, I caved – I photographed it and will post her awesome creation in a later post.

Day 5: The Last Chance for Redemption: The day I come to terms with it all.

I do not see my digressions, exceptions and excuses as failures, but rather as striking evidence to a modern phenomenon of the relationship of humans and their technology.  In past years, I had denied myself a Facebook account, did not buy a cell phone and did various other things to limit and protect myself from what I saw as a new form of slavery. 

In recent years, I have allowed these technologies into my life.  It wasn’t really until unlimited texting and web-browsing became and option on a mobile device that my habits took a turn for the worst.  Even still, I do not believe that these habits are inherently evil, nor do I wish to chastise myself or others for their choices or rationalizations.   My feelings are that technology is a great tool, and a powerful one when used with deliberation and clear intent.  

I am grateful that I brought a Tech Detox into my life, if not only to free myself for a bit, but more to see how often I use or think about using technology for my daily tasks.  And most importantly, to consider the erroneous and non-erroneous activities I use it for.

Wishing you many happy and healthy tech and non-tech days and the mental freedom to be clear about the tempting and erroneous uses of tech so often overlooked or denied.

I have no direct plan yet on how to improve my discipline or productivity with tech, I simply plan to be more aware of my intentions and uses of it for now.  And of course to always enjoy the little “unplugged” things with the people around me!

Sun Nap

Happy New Year!

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