If you love plants, but find yourself with a limited amount of space, like me, a container garden may be the way to go. Sometimes it can be tough to grow veggies in pots, but for someone who loves to cook, herbs are wonderful to have on hand. There’s nothing like getting them fresh at your fingertips.
In celebration of my thriving herb garden, I’m shining the spotlight on chives in my latest mixed media collage!
The latest in my series of kitchen wall art pieces, this mixed media was inspired earlier in the spring when my chives were just starting to bloom. Did you know that chives are the smallest species of edible onion? A perennial with lovely purple flowers, they will return each year so you don’t have to keep reseeding them.
This collage was crafted from many layers of paint, marker and oil pastel, with each scape (or stem) fashioned from paper. Finally a thread of wool is fixed to the bottom, tying the cluster of fresh herbs together. This mixed media collage is at my Bettina’s Treehouse Etsy shop and can be viewed at this link.
Mashed or bake, in a soup or salad, when potatoes make an appearance, chives are a great addition! So with this piece of art comes a family recipe from my Austrian Grandmother for German Potato Salad – just in time for those summer BBQs!
German Potato Salad
- 5 lbs of small red potatoes
- 2-3 medium red onions, thinly sliced and coarsely chopped
- 1 cup canola oil
- 2 cups white vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- chives for topping
Wash and peel red potatoes, cutting into 1″ pieces. Place in pot and cover with water, boiling until just tender when poked with a fork.
Drain potatoes and put a layer in a large bowl. Next, cover the layer of potatoes with a layer of onions and drizzle with canola oil and vinegar. Sprinkle layer with salt and pepper to taste and add chives. Repeat layering until all ingredients are used up.
Gently toss all ingredients together until well-mixed and enjoy salad warm or chilled.