Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. I have been battling a nasty cold the past week, a coughing and hacking sort of bug that has had me mostly out of action. I did have one fresh harvest for the week, which was a cutting of some mizspoona from the greenhouse that went into a frittata my wife whipped up for lunch one day. Mizspoona Salad Select is a mizuna/tatzoi cross that Adaptive Seeds says “resembles a dark green monster Mizuna more than Tatsoi.” It is good both raw and cooked, and it certainly added some green to the frittata (which apparently was camera shy).
One thing I did before I got sick was cook the last neck pumpkin (aka Penn. Dutch Crookneck Squash). I should say I cooked the only one, since one is all I harvested last year. It was a terrible year for winter squash here, and the neck pumpkin made the worst showing since I began growing it back in 2010. Still, it did give us one fruit, which is more than I can say for a lot of squash varieties I grew last year. The neck was starting to shrivel a little and I wanted to use it before it started to rot.
We use this moschata type squash the same as we do butternut squash. According to Amy Goldman in her book The Compleat Squash, the neck pumpkins were the forerunners of the butternuts, whose more compact shape made them better suited for shipping. After baking this one, I pureed the flesh and used it to make a sauce for a batch of Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna Rolls. I used some of our frozen spinach to make the stuffing. This recipe makes a lot, and we freeze leftovers which make for an easy meal when a side veggie is added.
I’m going to follow Michelle’s lead and start scheduling my HM posts earlier, right after midnight CST. I generally have the post wrapped up by Sunday evening, so there’s no reason not to get it posted so folks can start linking up.
Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest you want to share, add your name and blog link to Mr Linky below. And be sure and check out what everyone is harvesting!