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A Chef's Secret Garden
A little girl had a secret hideaway a magical fruit and vegetable garden in the mountains overlooking the sea. The garden was hidden in the mountains of Psara, Greece, a small, remote island to the northeast of Athens where the little girl and her sister were sent to live with their grandmother. On a solo walk one day, she stumbled upon a small, enclosed area. She decided to make it her own. She made the deserted space bloom with color: small tomatoes and zucchini, wild greens, chamomile leaves, flowers and herbs. She often brought her harvested treasures to her grandmother claiming they were from the family garden so she could keep her own a secret. There were times her grandmother could not understand how the zucchinis had grown so big, given that the day before they had been half the size, The little girl told her she had sung the songs the grandmother taught her and given them a kiss to let them know that she loves them. And they responded by growing quicker.