Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. I guess spring starts officially for us this morning, though the weather here has been mostly spring-like for weeks now. Whatever the season, it was a light harvest week for me. I cut a couple of heads of the Winter Marvel lettuce for salads. This has been growing in one of the cold frame beds all winter, and is now starting to size up. It’s a butterhead type lettuce, and I got my seeds from Fedco where they say it’s “bar-none the best overwintering lettuce we grow.” I have to agree, and it has survived the last two winters for me in the cold frame beds. It can’t take the heat though, so I only grow it in late fall for overwintering.
Some of the lettuce also wound up in wraps we had for lunch yesterday, where it was joined by sunflower shoots and my wife’s Curry Chicken Salad. For a side dish I had a bit of homemade kohlrabi kimchi (kohl-chi?), while my wife had fermented kohlrabi pickles. The fermented veggies show up often in our meals. In addition to being tasty, I think they are a great way to preserve the harvest. Most of the fall kohlrabi was pulled by November, but thanks to fermenting we are still enjoying it here in March. I harvested 36 pounds of it last year, and I am hoping to plant a bit more this year in hopes I can top the 2014 harvest of 46 pounds. I am sure we would have no problem using it all up!
Other than that, I have no harvests to show. I did bake up a batch of Multi Grain Seeded Dinner Rolls to go with soup I served for dinner one night. I think these rolls are one of my best recipe creations, and they are exactly what I was looking for when I created the recipe. The leftovers crisp back up nicely if you pop them in a 350°F oven for about 5 minutes. And I freeze what’s left, so that we usually have some in the freezer when we need them. This week I need to bake a batch of buns as we are currently bun-less here at Happy Acres!
Since I am short on harvest photos I will resort to a gratuitous pic of our cat Puddin. In many places it is considered good luck to rub the belly of the Laughing Buddha statue. At Happy Acres though, we rub the belly of the Reclining Puddin! She doesn’t seem to mind, in fact I think she poses that way on purpose, because she knows we can’t resist giving her a little rub or tickle.
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!