Friday Findings, Food & Flora: Vol. 2

Every Friday I share interesting links and findings, food I’ve made,
and an update on what’s growing in the garden. Enjoy.


    • Would you water your garden with gray water from your laundry?
    • As a home fermentation dabbler, I often describe the inside of my fridge as looking like a science experiment. Many of the shots in this video are similar and made me smile.
    • I have pickled many things, but never an avocado! (see below)
    • Sneakers made from ocean plastics? Interesting.
    • This artist’s paper flower creations are beautiful.
    • “All you need, you already have,” is a sentiment I try to remember as often as possible. Check out these Rituals to Embody Enough-ness from one of my favorite blogs.
    • This project is set on recycling and reusing plastics in unique ways and aims to reach all corners of the world. Check it out.


I have been quite busy in the kitchen this week. Here’s some of my favorite creations:

curry falafel

This meal was inspired by this Falafel Curry recipe. I only had half of the chickpeas required for the falafel so I supplemented black beans for the remainder. I made homemade garlic naan to have on the side and used the tomato coconut curry sauce for dipping. Yum.

rainbow crudite

Lunch on Tuesday included a rainbow: Crudités with kale pesto hummus. Bonus strawberries from the garden to round out this plate of beauty food.

creamy mushroom pasta

This meal was inspired by this Creamy Mushroom Pasta recipe. I added herbs and freshly shelled peas from the garden. A hearty and satisfying bowl of pasta.

veg enchiladas

These enchiladas were inspired by this recipe. I vegan-ized the ingredient list and made some tweaks based on what I had on hand. Delicious.

veg pizza

I have been making a batch of dough regularly these days for various flatbreads, pizzas, etc. I topped this one with some homemade tomato sauce, artichokes, green peppers, shallots, olives, nutritional yeast, and garlic scapes from the garden. 
pickled avocado

As I mentioned above, I saw an article on how you can pickle avocados, so I had to give it a shot. They were pungently delicious and an excellent topper on my sandwiches and salads.

coffee creamer

I’ve been working on developing my own coffee creamer recipe and this one was pretty good. I soaked a mix of 1.5 cups hazelnuts and almonds overnight and then drained and blended them with: 2 cups of water, 1 can of coconut milk, 2 dates, a splash of vanilla, a spoonful of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. I squeezed it all through a nut milk bag to finish.

Find more recipe inspiration on my board which I pin to regularly:


The garden is getting more exciting every day. Here’s some recent happenings:


Raspberries almost ready.

pansie pipes

Along one portion of the fence I have what I’ve dubbed my “pansy pipes.” Here’s a small section of them, starting to come along nicely.


The strawberries are still producing and the harvest is quite substantial, despite the unrelenting chipmunk thieves.


Blueberries soon.tomatoes

An row of tomatoes just about to blossom.

And a mini wheat field taking shape.


I told the story of my first cancer treatment, discussed my transition to plant-based eating, and shared some unexpected things I learned during yoga teacher training.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.



Betsy Brockett was diagnosed with Mesothelioma at the age of 28, and continues to thrive despite the challenges that cancer has created in her life. Holding a degree in Art & Visual Technology from George Mason University, Betsy expresses herself through writing, photography, painting, pottery, and more. She is most often found cultivating, creating, practicing/teaching yoga, or simply enjoying the beauty of life.

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