Seely Dressing

Seely Dressing : ImmerWachsen.com

An unpublished story from the archives and a recipe to bring it to life.

early 2013
Last year I took a trip up North to a small town in Wisconsin to visit an organic vegetable farm. In a couple of months, I planned to WWOOF on the farm, so my purpose for the weekend was to get a taste of the work. The farmer needed to know if I could do the work and if I wanted to do the work. I passed the test and preparations were made for my three-month adventure at Springdale Farm. The memory of that weekend was brought together in a meal I will never forget. Springdale is more than the labor or the food; it is the table we sat around to eat of the fruits of our labor. The farmer’s family became one of the dearest to me. Lettuce, carrots, and beets I had just seen in the ground were now lovingly prepared in a warm kitchen where the table was set for many. I had not tasted fresh until I ate that salad. The smell of the dressing, the colors of the root vegetables, and the friends I sat with were just the beginning of many memories made on the farm.

Seely Dressing : ImmerWachsen.com
Seely Dressing : ImmerWachsen.com

Mayonaise dressing
2-3 c olive oil
1/3 c acv
1 egg
2-3 cloves garlic
1 T mustard
1 T honey
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper

Blend all ingredients except for olive oil for about 10 seconds. Slowly add in olive oil and stop blending once thick. Pairs perfectly with fresh greens, root vegetables, and feta cheese.

Seely Dressing : ImmerWachsen.com
Seely Dressing : ImmerWachsen.com
Seely Dressing : ImmerWachsen.com

Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup : ImmerWachsen.com

December 9th was my first full day in Portland. It was my first day at Kinfolk, and it was the first day of one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My life if full here and only growing. Moving out West, getting an office job, and really living on my own for the first time was not stressful but freeing. After 4.5 years of not pursuing my dreams (long story…see past posts) and a year of doing everything I knew to try and make up for the lost time, I can say it was worth it. I think solitude and struggle are the greatest teachers, and hope was the only thing that kept my head above water. I’m still growing and learning and just beginning this new life, but I feel peace. I think sometimes God wants us to feel unsettled to move us to His will. I’m learning that His will often means doing things without knowing the outcome, and if it’s scary I should probably do it.

Red Lentil Soup : ImmerWachsen.com
Red Lentil Soup : ImmerWachsen.com

There’s a life update. Now a food update! I’ve been on the beans and oatmeal diet* but needed to mix things up after two months. Like I’ve said before I’m no chef, but this simple soup was just the hearty warmth I needed on this cold winter day. Nourishing, satisfying, and light on the wallet :)

Red Lentil Soup
2 cups red lentils
8 cups water
1 large onion
1 bunch of carrots, with tops
extra virgin olive oil
Celtic Sea salt
black pepper

In a large pot drizzle olive oil and add chopped onions. On medium heat fully cook onions and then add water, lentils, and chopped carrots. Bring to a boil and simmer until carrots are tender and lentils are fully cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

*Not strictly. I’ve had my share of eating out, too :)

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