Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. I managed to get one fresh harvest last week. The kale in the greenhouse has made a comeback after getting frozen to the ground back in January, and I was able to get a small cutting. I believe this is True Siberian, a cold hardy type I got from Adaptive Seeds. It was very tender and sweet tasting, and cooked up in a matter of minutes.
It went into a kale and sweet potato hash dish I made for dinner one night. I make this dish fairly often, and I used one of the Purple sweet potatoes this time. I toss the cubed sweet potatoes with olive oil and bake in a cast iron skillet along until they are browned and tender. Meanwhile, I blanch or steam the chopped kale until it is just tender. I add the kale to the skillet just before serving and pop it back in the oven for a few minutes to warm up. I sometimes add onions or garlic, but this time I seasoned it with only salt and a little homemade smoked paprika I added at the table. The purple sweet potatoes almost look like beets in the photo. I also use orange fleshed and white fleshed sweet potatoes for this dish, it’s all good!
In other news, I’ve baked a few loaves of bread lately. I made one last week using the Artisan Sourdough No Knead Bread recipe at Breadtopia. I’m tweaking this recipe a bit, scaling it up by 50% to make a bigger loaf that better fits the oval clay baker I use. And I’ve bumped up the amount of whole wheat flour while decreasing the hydration a tad to make a stiffer dough. I mix it up the night before baking and leave it sit on the counter overnight to ferment. Then in the morning I shape it and put it in a brotform to proof and it’s ready to go in the oven after I eat breakfast. This is a take on the classic New York Times No-Knead Bread recipe, and it couldn’t be much easier to make. It gets a great oven spring in the clay baker, as well as a crispy crust.
Outside, it’s beginning to look more and more like spring around here. The gooseberries and blackberries are all coming out with leaves. I didn’t check the currants but I imagine they are too. The cold winter didn’t seem to faze any of the berries, and I am hoping for a fruitful year here in 2018. That’s Natchez in the below photo, and the Apache plants are coming out as well.
Inside I’m babysitting lots of little seedlings right about now. One interesting one is a seed grown hybrid canna called South Pacific Orange. I was amazed by how the first leaves are already starting to look like cannas! I’m looking to add these to the Wild Garden where they should attract pollinators and hummingbirds and not get eaten up by the deer. They will need repotting soon as they are growing quite fast. This is one of the 2018 AAS Winners and a cousin to South Pacific Scarlet which was a 2013 Winner. I may have to give that one a try next year.
LATE UPDATE: What happened to spring? It started snowing and sleeting yesterday, and we woke up to this scene this morning. I measured about 3 inches last night, and with warm temperatures today it should be melted by the end of the day. Still, I hope everything with its head above ground outside is okay. That was not the kind of birthday present I wanted!
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!