Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. The spring greens are still coming on here. Last week I made a cutting of Simpson Elite lettuce from the greenhouse for a salad my wife made. I added a few sprigs of cilantro to go along with it. The cilantro is starting to bolt, and it will be scarce for a while. It tends to bolt real quickly here in summer, even the so called bolt-resistant varieties like Calypso and Santo. We’ve had a nice supply all winter, and I need to plant some more soon. I’ve got one growing now called Marino and we will see how it does.
I also had a big harvest of spinach as I cleaned out the bolting plants in cold frame #4. It’s mostly the Giant Winter variety, plus a little Viroflay.
We used some of the spinach for salad and some for a quinoa patty dish my wife cooked up last week. The spinach and quinoa are mixed with egg and bread crumbs plus seasonings, then shaped into patties and cooked in a skillet. They were tasty, and made a nice main dish meal for us. I love quinoa, and I’m looking forward to making Michelle’s Green Quinoa Pilaf while we still have spinach. It will be on the menu when I cook next week. I am thinking it will also serve as a main dish with another veggie on the side.
The overwintered kale in the greenhouse is beginning to set flower buds but there are still lots of leaves to be cut. That’s True Siberian in the below photo, and it went into a Kale, Beans and Pasta dish my wife made last week. I cooked up a pot of Runner Cannellini beans for her to use in the dish, which was either camera shy (not really) or else I was too hungry to stop and take photos.
Asparagus is still coming up slowly but surely. We had some grilled last week as a side dish. My wife likes to use a grill pan but I throw caution to the wind and put it right on the grate. Of course that means I occasionally sacrifice a few, while hers are safe and sound! We sometimes grill it plain but this time she used my recipe for Grilled Asparagus.
On a side note, I think cats are pretty funny, and our Ace is definitely a character. He loves to make up new ‘games’, and his latest is drinking out of my wife’s water glass. Her first thought when she saw it was “I wonder how long he’s been doing THAT?” and her second was to grab the camera. I was sitting in the chair right next to him with a bird’s eye view, and I have to say it didn’t look like his first time doing it.
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!