This is a quick post to say I am home from Peru! The trip exceeded my expectations in each and every way and I will remember it always (even more so since I was able to share the experience with my daughter Maddie). I’ve been swamped with tons of things to do since I got back so I have not yet had a chance to edit my many photos. I promise that as soon as I do, I will share them with you here.

I was traveling for nearly 9 days: the longest I’ve been away from home in many, many years. Upon my return, I was astounded by the volume of weeds in my garden, so I immediately got to work clearing them out. After a couple of hours, I could actually see my vegetables (and my flowers!), and I realized everything’s really looking pretty great.

Flowers | Healthy Green Kitchen

By the time I finished weeding, I was more than ready to eat. So I grabbed some lettuces, my one ripe tomato, a few radishes, a pattypan squash, some herbs (basil, mint, and lemon balm) and a couple of young onions, and chopped everything up. I added some hard boiled egg (from my chickens) and dressed the whole shebang with an awesome sesame herbal vinaigrette I made (I will share that recipe soon…I promise). Some sourdough bread completed the meal.

Homegrown Salad | Healthy Green Kitchen

So while it was certainly great to be away, it’s great to be home, too :)

salad 4

ps I was recently interviewed by the lovely people from Ethical Foods. You can read the interview here!


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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 10, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    Welcome back home, Winnie! Beautiful salad and I look forward to your follow-up posts!

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    Winnie — July 10, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    Thank you Stacy!

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    Laura — July 10, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

    I know exactly that feeling – being happy to get home. Just returned after two weeks away and relieved to be back to my kitchen, home-cooked food and everything that keeps my little ones so happily entertained. Thank goodness for house guests while we were away – all our herbs survived.

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    Winnie — July 10, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    Yes, I am grateful all my plants survived. I think if I’d been gone a full two weeks, they wouldn’t have made it!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 10, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

    Welcome back, those flowers are gorgeous!

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    Winnie — July 10, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    Aw, thanks Laura!

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    Sonnet — July 11, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    I love the feeling of being home after returning from a trip. It always seems like going away makes the everyday better. And, very pretty salad!

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    Winnie — July 11, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    So true, Sonnet!

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    Wizzy — July 11, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    This salad is just what I am in the mood for today. Can you share what’s in it other than egg?

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    Caroline — July 11, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

    Winnie, welcome home! I’ve been away about that long and know what you mean. It’s overwhelming to think of all that needs “catching up”. This salad is my kind of salad! I love summer salads with bits from the garden! Those flowers are gorgeous too!

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    Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) — July 12, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Cannot wait to read about your trip and see pictures – must have been amazing. Lucky Maddie to share that with you!

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    Denise — July 12, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    Welcome home, Winnie!! How was your trip from Peru? Can’t wait in your upcoming post. Yay. It really feels good to be back. :)

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    Betty Ann @Mango_Queen — July 15, 2013 @ 12:55 am

    Welcome back! I truly enjoyed your Peru photos posted on Facebook. What a lovely trip with your daughter. Can’t wait to hear more and see more pictures. This salad looks gorgeous and I’m sure is so delish. Thanks for sharing, Winnie!

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    Irina @ wandercrush — July 15, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    Welcome back! I just put up a similar post yesterday when I got back from Thailand… prepping travel posts is always a bit daunting! Looking forward to yours :)

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    Paula — July 17, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    A belated welcome home. One of the most gorgeous photos of a salad I’ve ever seen! Looking forward to the recipe and to hearing (and seeing) more from your trip to Peru.

    (P.S. Great interview and photos as well over at Ethical Foods)

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    Homemade Indian Recipes — November 8, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    The additional hard boiled egg are eye catching and will increase the taste. Your decoration and healthy dish will obviously attract many.