It’s time once again for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. The weather sure feels like summer here, and the harvests are beginning to reflect that change in season. Summer squashes are coming on now, and I cut one or two most every day now. I have already started freezing it for later use, and we have given some some away too.
It’s always fun to come up with new ways to use the summer squash. For instance, we use the frozen zucchini in fruit smoothies, as well as in soups and stews. One way we use the fresh squash is to make zucchini nests. Many recipes call for cooking an egg on top of the spiralized zucchini, but we top ours with a mix of ricotta and parmesan cheeses with basil and garlic mixed in. They don’t always resemble nests either! I also want to try making zucchini fritters soon, and this Skinnytaste recipe looks like a good starting point.
The spring planted broccoli is beginning to head up now, and I cut more side shoots from Happy Rich along with the main head of Burgundy.
I used some of the Burgundy in a pasta dish, with the sautéed broccoli added to cooked pasta along with lemon juice, garlic and parmesan cheese. That went along with some pistachio crusted baked cod we had for dinner one night.
I cut the first head of napa cabbage last week. The Minuet is supposed to be a ‘mini’ variety, but this one weighed almost four pounds! That is enough for a batch of kimchi plus some for other dishes. There was some slug damage on the outer leaves but it cleaned up fine with little waste. We had a bit of this one in a stir fry last week. I also want to try stuffed cabbage leaves with some of the inner leaves.
I pulled the first of the spring kohlrabi last week. It too had a little slug damage but that didn’t affect the quality or quantity one bit. One of our favorite treatments is to eat it raw, served with a a yogurt and garlic dip. I added one of our radishes to the plate, and they are keeping quite well in the frig after an earlier harvest. I’ve been making our own Bulgarian yogurt lately, and it works quite well as a dip or for other dishes.
We’re seeing a lot of new bloomers in the perennial beds. I have several different varieties of bee balm planted, which hopefully gives the bees a continuing source for food. Bubble Gum Blast is a short variety, and it’s in full bloom now just as the tall red Jacob Cline variety begins to flower. Blue Moon is almost done blooming, having been the first to bloom here. I have also seen butterflies visiting the bee balm, and a Silver Spotted Skipper was methodically going to every tubular blossom one day to get nectar.
The Sweet Daisy Birdy shasta daisy is brightening up the area around the birdbath. The birdbath itself is a popular hangout for many of the songbirds that visit our property and gardens.
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 please take a minute and check out what everyone is harvesting!