Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. It was another light week of harvests for me here. I made a cutting of turnip greens to cook up with dinner one night. The Topper turnips have held up well in the weather, which turned wintry here long before the official start of the season. They don’t make roots, just big tender leaves that cook in no time. I’ve been cutting individual leaves and leaving the plant to grow new ones. I don’t have them covered or protected in any way, and we’ll see how long they last in the garden. I’m tickled they have held up this long so any more harvests will just be a bonus.
And I found a few more daikon radishes to pull, plus one Kossak kohlrabi. I didn’t plant a lot of radishes, but the ones I did plant have done well. It’s a couple of the purple KN Bravo and two of the white fleshed Alpine this time. There’s a few runts left in the garden but I doubt they will size up this late in the season.
I used the radishes to make another two pint jars of radish kimchi (aka kkakdugi). It’s my favorite way to use the radishes, and one of my favorite ferments for that matter. I used my dried homegrown peppers to make the seasoning paste. I eat the kimchi as a side dish or a topping for many dishes, and yesterday I had some along with a frittata my wife cooked us for lunch. This batch was made with the purple KN Bravo radish and the bright red dried Kimchi pepper flakes, which turned out to be quite mild.
In non-harvest news, Puddin has been getting in my wife’s corded bowl that sits by her window and has a great view of the bird feeders outside. Our beloved Ace was the first to do it, then Ally carried on the tradition and now Puddin has joined in. She is a bit too big for the bowl though it hasn’t stopped her so far!
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 of any size or shape you want to share, add your name and blog link to Mr Linky below. And please be sure and check out what everyone is harvesting, or wishing they were harvesting!
Maybe Pudding is hinting for a larger bowl.
Thanks for the tip with the radish kimchi. I have been experimenting a little with fermented foods, so must give this one a go. Is that a traditional recipe from somewhere? Love the cat bowl by the way!
The bowl is made from cotton cord my wife dyed and then sewed into the bowl shape. She was not completely satisfied with how the bottom of it turned out, but the cats don’t seem to mind!
I’ve adapted my kimchi recipe from several sources. Here’s how I make the cabbage and the radish kimchi: https://happyacres.blog/2018/11/01/homemade-kimchi-two-ways/
So is your wife crafting while you work in the garden? Very productive household! Amazing that you get turnip leaves through the wintry weather.
She also works in the garden when she’s not busy creating. She tends the perennial flowers and fruits plus the asparagus bed. It’s a team effort!
It looks like Ace had the basket trick perfected. It’s so fun to see your kitties enjoying their special spot. My kitties have their spot, they took over my seedling heat mat way back when and I’ve left it on for them ever since.
Our kitties have several spots, and we sometime have to move them to get anything done! I can imagine the heat mat would be a popular place to hang out.
If I fits I sits! Gotta love the kitties!
We do miss our cats, who used to sit in the most awkward places of course!! Your kimchi always does look delicious. I wish I was bold enough to try making some…..
The turnip greens look yummy as does your lunch. Being able to keep the turnips growing without a finicky covering is a big plus. The kitties are so cute! We had huge puffball of a cat years ago that would squeeze into a tiny basket – it was one of her favourite spots.
A bowl of puddin!☺
Cats…gotta love ’em!