Harvest Monday April 2, 2018

Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related, and anything else that needs celebrating! Saturday we celebrated a rare day of sunshine, which made for great walking weather. Before the day had ended though it clouded up and started raining. We’ve had 18 inches of rain so far this year, which is more than double the usual amount we get in the first three months. It’s way too wet to work the soil, so nothing much is going to get planted until it dries out. Thankfully I have a few things already planted, including the greenhouse kale which is growing nicely in a rain-free environment. I made a cutting of the White Russian last week for a dish my wife made. White Russian is one of my favorites for flavor and overall vigor, and I have some seedlings ready to go out for a spring crop.

White Russian kale

White Russian kale

The dish she made was kale and cannellini beans over spiralized sweet potatoes. We used the White Russian kale and Beauregard sweet potatoes, and topped it with fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. The sweet potato “spoodles” are sauteed in a bit of olive oil, then the kale is added and finally the cooked beans. We both decided the dish needed a bit more flavor, so when we ate the leftovers the next day she added a bit of crispy bacon on top. I am thinking bacon or pancetta would both work well, or perhaps some balsamic vinegar would season it up if you wanted to keep it meatless. I think the dish is worth tweaking, and I definitely want to experiment more with the spiralized sweet potatoes since we have lots of them in storage.

Kale and Cannellini Beans over Spiralized Sweet Potatoes

Kale and Cannellini Beans over Spiralized Sweet Potatoes

I also made another cutting arugula from the greenhouse plantings. It’s a mix of Apollo, Adagio and Speedy, which I think are all mild tasting varieties that do quite well for me here.

arugula for pizza

arugula for pizza

The arugula went on a pizza we cooked up for Saturday night dinner. My wife took a page from my playbook and closed out her cooking stint with homemade pizza. We had a couple of my individual sized semolina wheat crusts in the freezer, and added some of our frozen homemade pizza sauce and slow-roasted tomatoes along with the fresh ingredients. I sprinkled a little of my dried fermented Aji Angelo flakes on mine to give it some zip.

homemade pizza

homemade pizza

On a wildlife note, our bluebird pair has built a nest and started laying eggs. They were about five days behind their first nest last year, but just in time to be Easter eggs! They may be rushing the season a bit with the cold weather hanging on, but who am I to tell the birds when to nest! In my experience the first round is often problematical for them though, since it is difficult to keep the eggs warm enough.

first Bluebird egg of 2018

first Bluebird egg of 2018

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!

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9 Responses to Harvest Monday April 2, 2018

  1. I thought we had, had a lot of rain but you’ve beaten us. March has been our wettest month though – over the last 10 years no earlier March rainfall has come close. Our clay soil is so boggy and cold.

    • Dave says:

      Our soil does dry out fairly fast, but it has to stop raining first. There’s more rain on the forecast for several days this week.

  2. Margaret says:

    You are so fortunate to have that greenhouse – I haven’t even started my kale yet! I think that I would appreciate the early greens more than any other advantage of having a greenhouse as I tend to miss those the most over our long winter season.

  3. Michelle says:

    Spoodles sure look yummy! What I’m really envious of though is the fresh arugula. I’m between plantings and sure am missing it. And I’m envious of the rain too, we are still short of average this year but have a slight chance for a bit more later this week. Good luck to your Bluebirds!

  4. Kathy says:

    Yes, everything is saturated here too, Dave, although not as much rain as you have had. The bluebird egg made me smile; hope they have a successful brood. I am missing rocket and sowed some salad mix in the greenhouse earlier today, so I hope it grows with such perfect leaves as yours… they look really delicious

  5. Melissa says:

    Awww…congrats on the first Bluebird nest of 2018! Spring Fever is in full effect 🙂 Gorgeous harvests, as well! That pizza looks absolutely delicious! Hope you have a lovely week!

  6. Yep, along with the other UK-ers it’s been very wet in Norfolk too. Some places have had snow again today so I’m pleased we didn’t get that. My soil sounds a bit like yours, it’s workable quite soon after rain. Plus I don’t really disturb the soil too much anyway so that helps.
    Your kale leaves look really healthy, well done. And it’s a good idea to sow early for a spring crop, I should’ve done that too but I guess it’s not too late.
    Lovely bluebird egg as well.

  7. Denver says:

    Bluebirds! What a treat. I’m glad you share pictures. It’s nice to experience a little nature vicariously.

  8. Phuong says:

    Your pizzas always looks so great, and the kale and beans with sweet potatoes sounds delicious. It sounds like you like White Russian much better than Red Russian. We’ve got Red Russian that’ll probably reach harvestable size this week.

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