In Our Gardens // Peach & Parsley Smoothie

Hi, and welcome to my tiny herb garden on the apartment balcony! I’m glad to see that my herbs are doing just fine, even after a full week of complete neglect. As we left for our midsummer trip to the country, I took the risk and left them here, without asking anyone to come and water them even once during the week.

But, as per usual, plants seem to be doing so much better without my excessively affectionate care. The only thing that’s a bit off now are the bottom leaves. Their color’s faded, almost yellow, especially in the kale. I read that it might be due to lack of sun, as they’re being shaded by the bigger, higher leaves. It might be a good idea to cut some of the tips off the basil, which would also make it bushier.

In My Garden

If you want to start your own herb garden and need some help doing that, go check out the steps that I’ve taken to get this far. It’s not too late! My mom just planted her herbs in this neat little box, which my cat has been using as a toilet up until now. Let’s hope that herbs like cat poo as a fertilizer! Of course we covered it later – it’s unlikely that my cat would give a damn about the delicate sprouting process and move her outhouse to a better location otherwise.

But just look at those chives! They’ve been growing there for several years, as well as the parsley next to it. So if you have a chance to plant your herbs in an outdoor garden like this one, go for it. Potted plants are always more difficult to maintain; less soil means inferior nutritional balance, and herbs, just like people, need balance.

In My Mother's Garden

And, well, if you’ve got an entire yard in your hands, plant some apple trees! We visited our grandparents’ old house as well, just to rummage through all the old stuff and collect some cool food photography props. And if you ask me, one of the most summery things in the world must be old apple orchards. Raise your hand if you spent your childhood playing hide and seek or tag in places like this; and when fall came, there were all the small, red apples underneath the trees, ready to be picked up and eaten at the spot. No need to go inside for a lunch break!

In My Grandma's Garden

Here under the apple trees, it becomes obvious that this orchard is in desperate need of love and care. Still, there’s something so romantic about it, about how the speedwells color the floor blue, and everything’s so green and lush. I’ll certainly be back later in the summer to enjoy it and harvest all that I can carry, so that, for a few weeks, I don’t need to buy any apples at the store!

In My Grandma's Garden

But let’s move back to my very own balcony garden, settle for a store-bought apple, and enjoy a refreshing afternoon smoothie. Today’s recipe is simple, green, and made with the season’s best veggies. Stone fruits, such as peaches, nectarines, apricots, and soon plums, are at their best right now. For some reason, they go really well with parsley, and a few leaves of basil will further enhance the flavor. In this smoothie, I actually used my own basil, for the first time!

I found these cute jars/bottles/whatever they are at my grandparents’ house. I don’t know what they were in their previous life, but they function quite nicely as smoothie jars. Enjoy!

Peach & Parsley Smoothie

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Peach & Parsley Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

A refreshing summer smoothie, made with the season's best fruits and vegetables. For variation, try swapping the peaches with apricots, nectarines, or any other summer fruit!

Servings: 2
  • 3 peaches, stone removed
  • 1 apple, cored
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • a few leaves basil
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (about ½ lemon)
  • ½ cup water
  1. Blend all ingredients together and serve.

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