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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!