Monkton Mondays!

Another Monday morning dawns and I realise we’re almost at the end of January! It’s been a fun beginning to my year so far, and I can only hope things get better πŸ˜‰ We had a fun weekend – lunch at home for friends on Saturday and a visit to the Whitefield Farmer’s Market on Sunday morning, followed by the mandatory trip to the Mall for the 5-yr-old πŸ˜›

Enjoyed the Market and the wholesome produce on offer! Have never seen such fresh greens at any of the stores I’ve shopped at so far in Bangalore! What a relief to know that they do indeed exist. Thanks to Buffalo Back & Dubdengreen, my kitchen is now fragrant with the scent of fresh basil πŸ™‚ and the crunchy sound of crisp lettuce is as music to my ears πŸ™‚ I didn’t realise how deeply green and leafy freshly plucked celery is! We’re lucky to get the rather oldish stalks in the supermarket if at all :/ A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to all the farmers who are doing the right thing and helping us eat healthy πŸ™‚

There were other organic goodies on sale too – free-range eggs, organic pulses and cereal, organic baked products, soaps. And much to my delight, there was a stall that explained Composting! I know, I know…not the most romantic thing about gardening but certainly one of the most important. Lately, Terrace gardening has caught my fancy…but seeing as I have red thumbs instead of green πŸ˜› I’m reading about it first to acquaint myself with what it entails. Its a fairly labour-intensive process from what I can tell so far, and yet the fabulous pictures of tomatoes-on-the-vine, aubergines, cucumbers, all manner of green leafies, lady-fingers, pumpkins…grown by people in the know, are utterly tempting and very motivational!

Anyway, the stall run by the rather aptly named Daily DumpΒ had a daily composter on sale and a very helpful young lad who explained the process to me. I forget his name but I am very thankful for his expertise! I just think it’s time for me to seriously think about reducing my carbon footprint and this seems doable. I really want to start but I need to read a bit more first…and then hopefully it’s Happy Composting…followed by Happy Gardening…and many pictures of red cherry tomatoes on the vine πŸ˜‰ I’m still uncertain whether my motivation stems from the promise of great veggiesΒ or great pictures! I Β suspect it’s the latter πŸ˜›

And so, after all this talk of veggies and the like, it seemed only proper to share what they themselves think…the veggies that is…or more accurately, what Mr. Monkton thinks they’re thinking πŸ˜‰

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Who knew veggies could philosophise?! And now I’m wondering about the Broccoli πŸ˜› Are you?

I hope you had a wonderful weekend πŸ™‚

Eat healthy (try ;)) and have a good week ahead People!

10 thoughts on “Monkton Mondays!

  1. I think that with an introduction like that, one cannot help but ask about the broccoli!
    Your market finds look delicious. We built in a couple of small raised beds when we re-designed our back deck into a patio a couple years ago. I planted mostly basil…alongside some tomatoes and dill. We have great markets up here in the summer, but they can’t satisfy – affordably – my love for fresh basil. Have you tried basil ice cream? Or basil and chocolate? Yum!

    1. I wish the Market was a regular feature. If they had one every Sunday…that would be perfect but meanwhile I’ll take what I can get. Basil ice ream? Really? Not fond of ice-cream or chocolate πŸ˜› Basil chips?! Those I can handle πŸ˜‰

      1. I forgot you weren’t big on sweets. Guess I just can’t wrap my brain around that πŸ˜‰
        How often does the market happen? We live in a region that loves locally-grown food, so Traverse City has one every Wednesday and Saturday in the growing season, and many surrounding smaller towns have markets on other days. Oy, this isn’t making winter seem less drab!

      2. It’s a small enterprise and I don’t know how long it’s been around for here, but they’re certainly not weekly :/ More like once every few months! They need to up their frequency! LOL….a tantalizing glimpse of coming summer πŸ˜‰πŸ˜›

  2. It’s only the onions that make me cry πŸ˜› Becharay broccoli ko badnaam kar diya fuzool mein! I am a huge fan of garlic and potato so don’t no one say nothing to them, they’re my besties.
    How heartening to know such beautiful veggies exist…
    Well H, you know I tried my hand at growing things, but perhaps I gave up too soon. I have a feeling you’ll fare better, I have a feeling in my bones you’ll go about it in a pro-active way, esp now that you have found SO much inspiration! I love that you’re seeking it out. 2014 is going to be awesome I tell you πŸ™‚

    1. LOL :D…I know…I love Broccoli! And of course I’m a huge fan of potatoes and garlic too πŸ˜‰

      I don’t know M…I feel inspired but in true Sagi procrastinator fashion I haven’t done anything about it yet πŸ˜› But I want to…I think the weather here might have a lot to do with growing success – but it is a lot of work! And you know how lazy I can get πŸ˜‰

      Maybe you should give it a second chance M? Nothing like a second chance to get the juices flowing I say! We’ll be cross-border growing buddies πŸ™‚

      1. Second chance?? No way dudette. I enjoyed the attempt but bohat dil laga liya….now to pursue something that gives me RESULTS!! Like baking! πŸ™‚ There are many many other ways of growing and nurturing πŸ˜‰

  3. Hi there…
    I recently moved to whitefield and was searching for the farmers’ market when I came across your blog. Could you please tell me the schedule and location of the market? Thank you.
    PS. Really love your style of writing!

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