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After reading Peter Burke’s Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening I was determined to make my own indoor sprout garden. While I possess neither an inclination to garden nor a green thumb, for some reason this got my attention. I’d tried sprouting with a round 4-tiered plastic container before and it was nothing but a nuisance.  Burke makes it easy with his hand-illustrated guides to sprout five trays at a time with instructions on when to rotate and plant a new batch.


Although I can buy seeds for sprouting, I’ve also been trying different types of legumes like lentils and also whole grains. Above is a combination of black lentils, whole wheat, rye, spelt, broccoli, arugula and mustard seeds. I julienned some heirloom orange, red and yellow carrots then topped it with a dollop of “Frankfurter Grüne Soße” otherwise known as Frankfurt Green Sauce. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of the dressed salad but you can get an idea if you read further.


Frankfurter Grüne Soße is very famous in ? can you guess ? Frankfurt, Germany!! It’s a cold sauce that’s made with hard-boiled eggs, and a mixture of sour cream/yogurt/quark, and fresh herbs. The herbs can include a mix of chives, sorrel, dill, lemon balm, chervil, borage, cress and parsley. You can either finely chop the herbs by hand or throw them into your food processor. Rather than add the egg/sour cream/yogurt/quark ingredients I used a product by Alpro called ON. It’s made from soya and  has the consistency of crème fraîche. It’s one of my new fave products – yeah! It’s delicious and easy to use in either savoury recipes or as a thick topping sweetened for desserts. I like it with chopped walnuts and maple syrup. Or with Frankfurter Grüne Soße!! The recipe is below.


Frankfurter Grüne Soße – Frankfurter Green Sauce

1 package Frankfurter green sauce herbs – finely chopped (I found mine at Edeka)
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 lemons, juiced
3 tablespoons vegan sour cream or 1.5 tablespoons plant-based milk
1 – 400g container Alpro ON
salt and pepper to taste
sugar (optional) is traditional in the recipe – it’s not needed because of the Alpro ON



Lekker, lekker, lekker!! Enjoy!!




Jill DiGiovanni

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