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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!

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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

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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Foodie Fondued Phone – An Important Tech Lesson

I have long been warned about my addictive love of my phone…

My days and nights attached to it, checking it, scrolling on it, documenting the little moments and the delicious food I see…

Christmas day this year, brought I surprise I never expected.

In the excitement of my latest food photo journey, a great lesson was about to unfold.

It all started with the Wei of Chocolate Fondue…

a friend was gifted a beautiful mini fondue set, and a bag of Wei Beautiful – a True Culinary Dream Team.  

Wei of Chocolate Fondue

We excitedly unwrapped and placed the decadent chocolatey pieces into the fondue, lit the flame and waited – the anticipation of capturing these chocolatey morsels as the melted into a sea of divinity suspended in my mind like a puppy waiting for the return of their master.

As the heat rose, the pieces slowly became to melt – delicious, smooth, chocolatey bliss was appearing before my eyes – 

Then the unthinkable happened…

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Yes, I fondued my phone…

I now had an official “chocolate phone

The humor of this situation was unsurpassed – many people helped to document this timeless and timely moment – and I realized it really was the perfect time to begin my tech de-tox. 

Apple should be happy to know that mud and coffee may be no match for an iPhone, but melted chocolate leaves the phone sweet and deliciously aromatic…

Have you had any phone photo op fails, or foodie phone fails?

Thanks for reading, and remember to enjoy the humor of the little things!

The Perfect Snack for Coming Home from School or Work!

add a little flower essences and chocolate for even more fun

We made 
Wisdom Nectar Tea – Iced –

and a bit of Popcorn and Chocolate!

This little combination is the perfect treat to come home to.  Easy to make for yourself, your children, or anyone when they come home!

When I came home from a long day, I started with the Lotus Wei Flower Essence Joy Juice Mist, to alleviate and revitalize after a day of teaching preschool.  I felt joyful and refreshed right away!

Then, I added a little Joy Juice to the Popcorn, for the happiest, popcorn around!

And a little Quiet Mind to the Iced Tea to calm the mental chatter of the day.  

 And one of my favorites,  get ready for the Chocolate!  Luscious, delicious and diabetic friendly.  Wei of Chocolate recommends to let each piece melt in your mouth for added joy and relaxation (it really works! Try it!)

Special thanks, Lotus Wei Flower Essences and Organic Lifestyle for creating these amazing and delightfully effective flower essence remedies.  We see their effectiveness time and time again in our lives and with children – we love serving them with our tea! 🙂

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“Those who cannot feel the littleness of great things in themselves

are apt to overlook the greatness of little things in others.”

– Okakura Kakura, The Book of Tea

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