Four years ago, my friend Maria kept the seeds from a dried goji fruit that came in a bag shipped here from China and bought from a health store in a shopping mall. The seeds germinated and she planted them in the urban garden she created next to our building. The goji plant grew all these years but it never had flowers and it didn’t seem to thrive. It was just an ugly plant under our window, taking up space, but still a plant that grew out from something dry, travelling the seas to get to a shopping mall, part of a global system that usually does not let life perpetuate. So, my friend never had the heart to pull out the ugly goji plant.
This year it bloomed and this is the first berry.
Roses in our urban garden.
It’s really nice to have Cici in our family.
My friend made these delicious veggie balls a few days ago. Without knowing the ingredients I would have been sure they contain the evil monoglutamate, so tasty and addictive but so bad for you. These veggie balls have that combination of sweet and salty, but they contain only healthy stuff (if you are not gluten intolerant, which we fortunately are not). Also they are baked not fried.
We don’t know the exact quantities, so this is not really a recipe, just something for us to remember how to make them again sometimes.
She blended diced onions with a little bit of water with garlic, cayenne pepper, curry, turmeric, pink Himalayan salt, nutritional yeast, diced carrots and diced uncooked potatoes, sunflower seeds, cilantro, a bit of smoked paprika powder. She mixed this with gluten flour, formed the balls and baked them on a tray greased with a bit of cooking oil. After one side of the balls was cooked, she switched them on their other side to have a nice crunchy texture and also to be sure that the gluten flour is well cooked.
We ate them with tomatoes and they were great!
I really like to collect vintage scissors for their nice shapes and of course for their function. This tiny vintage charm is so detailed that I can almost say that it is part of my scissors collection :).
Linking up with Vintage Bliss Tuesdays and Vintage Charm parties.