Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related.There are a few new players in the harvest basket this week, plus some familiar faces. I cut a big batch of overwintered parsley from the greenhouse, with a few sprigs of mint added. They both went into a tabouli salad I made last week that had lots of parsley and a little bit of bulgur. Most of the parsley is a variety called Splendid, a flat leaf type from Wild Garden Seed with a great flavor. I saved out a little of the parsley to make a yogurt based Green Goddess style dressing that went on a bowl dish I cooked up one night for dinner.
I also cut the rest of a batch of mizuna microgreens. The microgreens have been so useful, especially at a time when the other harvests are quite small. Some of these went on a sprout sandwich I made for lunch one day.
I continue to cut lettuce from the greenhouse plantings. This batch is Salanova Red Butter, which has a great buttery texture to the leaves and decent reddish color for a greenhouse-grown lettuce.
I cut a bit more kale rapini and side shoots from the purple Sprouting broccoli. We are loving both of these seasonal treats. There’s not a whole lot of them at one time, but just enough to use in some sort of dish or as a side veggie.
This time I put them together and roasted them briefly to go in the above mentioned bowl creation. First I browned cubes of tofu in olive oil until crispy, then removed from the skillet and drained. I added cauliflower ‘rice’ to the leftover oil and cooked for a few minutes, long enough to soften it a bit but not enough to make it soggy. Meanwhile, I roasted carrots in the oven and added the rapini and PSB to the pan at the last. I topped it with yogurt sauce blended up with avocado, chives and parsley, thinned with lemon juice, olive oil and vinegar. We often bake our tofu before adding to a dish, but the pan-frying is another treatment I really like as well.
And I cut more curly kale from a cold frame bed. I am ready to clean the bed out and plant something else, so I pulled two plants for this harvest. There’s about seven or eight plants left in there, so we will be eating on it for a while longer.
In the future harvests department, my wife found the first asparagus coming up in the beds. She has been working hard to get the area weeded and mulched and has it looking great, just in time for the harvests to start. Last year we cut 24 pounds of spears in an 8 week period. It is a good thing we love our asparagus!
Finally, in non harvest news, mama bluebird has been busy, and she wound up with 6 eggs in the nest. I have seen her in there on the eggs, so I will not sneak any more looks until they have hatched. If all of them hatch, it will be a nest box full of baby bluebirds for sure.
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!