The Avant Gardener’s Salad

The Avant Gardener’s Salad


I wanna grow tomatoes on the front steps. Sunflowers, bean sprouts, sweet corn and radishes.
This is what Courtney Barnett is planning in her song Avant Gardener before her day takes a bad turn. I imagine that things got better and she was able to plant that garden eventually so the neighbors would stop thinking that they have a meth lab in the house. Then one day after the garden grew, she made this sweet salad with the harvest.

Savory Carrot Hummus Cake with Hummus Icing

Savory Carrot Hummus Cake with Hummus Icing

What the what??? This came about because Mandi noticed the texture of sabra reminded her of cake frosting. She asked me to make her a carrot cake that we could frost with the hummus. It obviously had to be a savory cake to work with the super savory hummus. It actually came out pretty tasty! The cake was really flavorful and was almost the texture of a dense pancake. The carrot and curry really came through, and melded well with the hummus. I initially imagined this as a brunch dish, but it’s more of a cool and unique app for hummus lovers.

Kale and Sunflower Seed Pesto

Kale and Sunflower Seed Pesto

Mandi has been looking for new ways to eat leafy greens and seeds while training with her Roller Derby team. I came up with this quick pesto that we tossed with some potatoes and served on the side of a grilled skirt steak. It wasn’t the healthiest meal ever, but it was a tasty and hearty yet lighter twist on meat and potatoes.