Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. Some of the overwintered kale in the greenhouse is starting to bolt. I harvested all the leaves off the lone plant of Western Front, plus several rapini that were coming on. I left the stalk of the plant to see if it will put up more flower shoots, which it starting doing practically the next day. I’ve really enjoyed eating the greenhouse kale, and it has given us a headstart on other spring greens. I still have some in the main garden to cut too.
We still had lots of tender spinach in the refrigerator from last week’s harvest. Some of it went into a salad we had for lunch one day. We added hard boiled egg, walnuts and toasted whole wheat bread crumbs, and my wife whipped up a Meyer lemon vinaigrette for dressing.
I also pulled the rest of the spinach from cold frame bed #4 last week to make room for lettuce. That spinach went into a sweet potato hash my wife cooked for dinner one night. It’s a simple treatment, just cubed sweet potato cooked in a little oil until tender and browned, then chopped spinach tossed in until wilted.
It made a great side dish to some planked Sea Bass, which was lightly seasoned with homemade garlic powder and smoked Dulce Rojo paprika. I can see me making this hash with purple sweet potatoes and kale, or any other green for that matter.
The asparagus seems to be coming on stronger now that the weather has warmed. We harvested six pounds in the first month, which is less than the nine pounds we got in the same period last year. But then we had a lot of cold weather in late March/early April, which slowed it down considerably. Time will tell if it does as well as last year’s 35 pound total, which was a lot of asparagus for the two of us! I stir fried some briefly last night along with mushrooms and garlic for a side dish.
I took the last of my 2015 dried jalapenos and used them to make a batch of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce. I grew Tam ‘mild’ jalapenos last year, and they wound up being almost as hot as the regular ones, and got even hotter after smoking and drying. But they were great in this recipe, using some of my homemade tomato sauce as a base. I froze the chipotles and sauce in an ice cube tray, since I usually use it in small quantities. I am planning on cooking up some bean enchiladas later this week and I may throw a cube in the sauce to give it some smoky heat. The whole kitchen smelled heavenly while the sauce was cooking. Thanks to Erin (Shy Olive) for sharing the link to the recipe!
And I’ll close with some future harvest news. The first tomato blooms are on a plant I started earlier than usual to grow in a container. It’s a variety called Spike from Artisan Seeds. Go tomatoes!!! It’s always a race here to see which tomato will be the first to get ripe, and Spike is definitely off to a good start.
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!