The Day 2 Dinner recipe I made from The22DayRevolution is Artichoke, Tomato and Avocado Salad. The ingredients listed in the book are:
1 box grape tomatoes
1 BPA-free can artichoke hearts
2 tbsp Kalamata olives
I used chopped-up plum tomatoes because that is what I had at the time I made the salad. Instead of the olives I used olive oil and mixed it with lemon from my tree. If you have fresh artichokes, use them rather than the canned ones. Lastly, I garnished the dish with fresh basil from my herb garden. This was an easy, basic recipe that makes 2-3 servings. Thumb up on this one!
My potted Lemon Tree is covered with blooms and the bees are happily flying from flower to flower, helping to pollinate them. I was going to plant the tree in the ground but the small Meyer Lemon is doing so well in the planter that I decided to leave it in there. This variety is known for thriving in containers. The fruits have a sweeter, less acidic flavor than the more common Lisbon or Eureka lemon varieties commonly found in the grocery stores.
In Every Plant Has a Story I talked about how my aunt Ileana had given me this tree as a Christmas present back in 2013. I always think of her when I look at it. These fragrant flowers are for you, Ileana.
My aunt Ileana gave me this lovely present: a Meyer Lemon tree, delivered to my house. It’s a small variety that can grow in a planter or a yard with limited space. She knew I loved fruit trees but didn’t have much room for a large one. Ileana always put a lot of consideration into what gifts she gave people. I was happy that she came to my house and stayed with me for a week during the holidays in December. Then she stayed with my mother for another couple of weeks, just a few miles away. She was having trouble breathing at the time, so she couldn’t get around as much as she would have liked, but we still did things together. When I asked her if she would accompany me to Macys to help me choose a new set of pots and pans, she enthusiastically did. She helped me sort through the numerous sets on display, reviewing the attributes, analyzing the pros & cons of each set. After about an hour of this, I selected and purchased a set. Then she insisted on helping me carry one of the 2 bags out to the car. What a great aunt…and friend!
The little lemon tree blossomed and then started growing lemons in March. It’s so exciting when a new tree first flowers and first fruits. I took pictures of the growing lemons to show Ileana when I went up to visit her in the hospital, in Washington. She smiled at the photos. And she smiled when I showed her pictures of the beautiful table setting and Easter meal I had enjoyed at her favorite neighbors’ home, who live just a block from her house where I was staying. Ileana loved gourmet food and pretty things. She smiled at the photos I showed her of the spectacular Cherry Blossom trees in full bloom, in her beloved neighborhood. The first time I had ever seen Cherry Blossoms was with her. She would never see them again.
I always think of Ileana, especially when I look at a Cherry Blossom….or the little lemon tree.