Friday Findings, Food & Flora: Vol. 3

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


    • The title says it all: A Map of Where Your Food Originated May Surprise You.
    • These were amusing: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Not at conception, as you may have previously heard.”
    • Will labeling food differently stop people from wasting so much of it? “If global food loss and waste was a country, it would have the world’s largest greenhouse gas footprint after the U.S. and China.”
    • I was in London last month and if I had known about this, I definitely would have paid a visit. How beautiful!
    • Do you ever think of why you like the things you like? “We come to like things we thought we hated (or actually did hate), and we are very poor predictors of what we are likely to like in the future.” The ideas here are interesting, albeit somewhat dizzying to think about.
    • I’m excited to follow this project: Chefs and academics are coming together at Yale to discuss important topics surrounding food, including, “fermentation, law, food security, agriculture and gender.”
    • Lady Dynamite (on Netflix) has provided some much needed joy and laughter this week. It’s an indescribable show, but this will give you a taste. Uniquely hilarious. I love it!
    • I’ve already professed my love for van Gogh once, and I can’t help but share the following video. It’s amazing! And relaxing to boot (thanks, Beethoven).


Last weekend I hosted a party and everything I made and served was plant-based. It was a success, but perhaps too much of a success, because I didn’t take a single picture of the food! BUT – if you’re looking for a crowd pleasing dessert, look no further than this Key Lime Pie. It was a big hit!

This week was all about garlic scapes, of which there is a seemingly unending pile in my kitchen (cut from the many garlic plants outside). I’ve done my best to use them each day and have four different final products to prove it:

Pickled, fermented, made into pesto, and hummus.

Got some scapes of your own? You can find more ideas for how to use them here. I used the pesto to make this bread (delicious!), and tossed it with a simple, cold pasta salad:



In the past day or so we’ve been absolutely drenched in rain. Most of these photos were taken during sunnier days earlier in the week. It gets more exciting by the day out in the gardens!

4A6A2463These red currants are starting to ripen into delicious little gems.

4A6A2455Lavender looking lovely.

4A6A2558Strawberries still going strong, including these Pineberries! They’re sort of a hybrid between a pineapple and a strawberry and are so, so amazing. Bonus points for being very cool looking.

4A6A2583June enjoys getting tangled in the gone-to-seed asparagus plants.

4A6A2599The quarter-ish area of the garden dedicated to flowers is coming along nicely. Had to replant after some cold temperatures ruined an earlier attempt.

4A6A2584These may look ripe but they’re Royalty Purple Raspberries, so they still have a bit of darkening to do.

4A6A2530A lone lupine on the wildflower hill. I’ve been picking a lot of the other blooms for bouquets in the house.

4A6A2353Hard to beat the cute factor of tiny peppers.

4A6A2607A look at the bottom of the garden after the rain. It’s a bit of a mudslide situation.

4A6A2491To end on a cheerier note, there are groups of daisies popping up everywhere around the homestead and I couldn’t be more excited. They just radiate happiness!


I continued to chronicle the history of my cancer treatments by discussing my experience with systemic chemotherapy, and dished out 15 tips for making the transition to plant-based eating.

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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