Recipe

Kohlrabi and Radish Salad

Passed on by one of our volunteers

Ingredients

1 medium kohlrabi, trimmed and peeled

4 radishes, sliced thin

1/4 red onion sliced very thin

2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Dash of agave nectar (optional)

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

Directions

Slice the kohlrabi very thin and cut into matchsticks.

Place in a mixing bowl and add the radishes, red onion, lime, olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.

Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Adjust seasoning, stir in herbs and serve (Add carrots if desired)

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Medicine Wheel Garden (C6-7)

This area is inspired by traditional Indigenous Medicine Wheel gardens. The four quadrants represent the four directions and four seasons. We created this garden to provide an opportunity to learn, teach and honour traditional Indigenous practices, perspectives and being.

  • North – Kiiwedingong: This section represents the winter. The winter is the place of wisdom, The bear teaches about fasting as it hibernates and rests throughout the winter months. Sweetgrass is braided to remind us of the strength we gain when our mind, body and spirit is balanced.
  • East – Wasbingong: This section represents the springtime and new life. The eagle is the messenger between the people and the creator and teaches us we need to be thankful for creation and to live in a good way. Life is a gift. To honour that gift we have been given tobacco. Tobacco is used as a sign of thanksgiving and to remind us to be grateful and humble for all aspects of life.
  • South – Zhaawanong: This section represents the youth, summertime and nurturing. The deer teaches us the importance of generosity and sharing, The cedar is used as a cleansing medicine for the body and soul.
  • West – Epangishmok: This section represents the adult stage, autumn harvest. West is the berry stage. It is here the growth from the summer has come to ripen. The berry teaches us forgiveness and peace. It honours the cycle of death and rebirth. The buffalo teaches us to look within ourselves for guidance. Sage is used by Indigenous people to clear their minds and hearts, preparing for the rest of life’s journey.
  • The Centre: The rose in the centre tells us that life is like a rose. The thorns remind us of the up’s and down’s in the journey of life. As the flower dies each year come winter, we remember that we too are reborn after self-reflection, dedication and acceptance. The centre reminds us to find balance in our own lives and maintain our fire within. How is your fire burning?

 

– Etobicoke Outdoor Education Centre