Harvest Monday February 20, 2017

Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. The fresh harvests continue to trickle in here. I pretty much harvest what we have on an as-needed basis. This week I cut the last of the Mei Qinq pac choi from the greenhouse and stir fried it for a side dish, along with a few mushrooms. It had quite a few aphids on it, but after rinsing several times it cleaned up nicely. The warm winter weather has made for more aphids than usual in the greenhouse, and I will need to do some work before I can start moving seedlings out there or they will all be quickly covered too! I think more harvesting and cleanup is in order, plus some spraying with insecticidal soap.

Mei Qing pac choi

Mei Qing pac choi

I also cut some arugula I have growing in a salad box on the greenhouse bench, a mix of Speedy and Adagio. It too had a lot of aphids on it. After cleaning it went on a pizza I cooked up Saturday night.

arugula for pizza

arugula for pizza

The pizza featured a lot of homegrown goodies, starting with the pizza sauce I used for the base that was spread over the homemade whole wheat crust. The pizza sauce has one ingredient, tomatoes, and I cook it down thicker than a sauce but not as thick as I do for tomato paste. The pizza was also topped with slow-roasted tomatoes, pickled baccatum peppers (Malawi, Kaleidoscope and Aji Golden), and the fresh arugula. I sprinkled my half of the pizza with some fermented Aji Angelo pepper flakes to give it a little extra zip. It was zippy enough for my wife without them! I do like the pepper flakes, and fermenting the peppers first gives them extra flavor as well as a little salt from the brine.

not delivery pizza

not delivery pizza

I got a nice cutting of sunflower shoots one day from the basement light garden. These went in some wraps we had for lunch, along with grilled chicken and some homemade hummus. The sunflower shoots are so easy to grow, and we have really been enjoying the truly fresh ones.

sunflower shoots

sunflower shoots

Last week I cooked up a mess of chickpeas in the pressure cooker that I used for the hummus and for some quinoa falafels I made for dinner one night. Chickpeas are easy to cook that way, about 35 minutes at high pressure for unsoaked ones, and I think they taste a lot better than canned ones.The falafels also featured some of the cilantro sprouts I have growing under lights. I sort of made up the recipe as I went along, taking my usual falafel patty recipe and adding a cup of cooked quinoa to it. In addition to the chickpeas, quinoa and cilantro, I also add ground cumin, minced garlic and salt along with egg and a bit of flour to help bind it together. Then I dip the patties in bread crumbs before I cook them in a little olive oil in a skillet. This gives me and my wife our falafel fix without having the deep fried version you usually get in a restaurant. The quinoa made a nice addition I think and I will be making these again for sure.

Quinoa Falafels

Quinoa Falafels

I’ll close with a photo of something that isn’t exactly from the garden, but that will surely impact my gardening plans this year. We have daffodils blooming already, in February! This is at least a couple of weeks earlier than usual, and on par with when they bloomed in 2012. That year saw the asparagus popping up in early March, so I think it is safe to say we are likely going to have an early spring here this year. I will try and push up my seed starting times by a week or so. We’ve had reports of mosquito sightings here too, so it’s probably going to be a bad year for bugs of all kinds. On the brighter side, early asparagus will be a welcome sight indeed. And I can’t say I’ve minded the milder winter temps.

daffodils in February

daffodils in February

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!

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8 Responses to Harvest Monday February 20, 2017

  1. We picked some pak choi too last week
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  2. Michelle says:

    Your quinoa falafels look delicious! Ah, I see you are experiencing one of the downsides to a mild winter, one of the scourges in my mild climate garden, hordes of aphids. The aphids here seem to just shrug off insecticidal soap. If the good bugs don’t get the aphid populations in check, and they can do an amazing job of it, then I usually resort to Pyganic which is pyrethrin based and OMRI approved. And when that fails I generally just remove the infected plants, although for well established long season plants I may add some azadirachtin to the mix.
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    • Dave says:

      Thanks for the tips on aphids. I will probably add pyrethrin to the insecticidal soap. And I do have azamax/azadirachtin I can add as well. I think the greenhouse lettuce is beyond saving, but the Asian greens and kale should make it. They don’t seem to like the I’itoi onions or parsley very much.

  3. Pizza, falafels, sunflower shoots….they look so good.

    Argh the aphids and mild winters….I have them in my lean-to, they destroyed some lettuce and oriental greens earlier in the winter. A few lettuces survived and are beginning to grow away more now, so I might get a harvest. I should really ditch the plants to get rid of the aphids though.
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  4. Carolee says:

    Just harvested the last of the 2016 crop from my potager…..”Parisian” carrots, but happily also harvested the first of the 2017….chives!!!

  5. Beautiful harvests. The food looks amazing as well! I’ve been gone a few years and went over to Daphne’s hoping to get a look at the harvests starting this year. At first i was disappointed and feared that harvest Monday’s were gone. I quickly became excited to learn that you have taken over and have continued! I never posted often and even before I made a blog I had been checking and following most of you for years. I never stopped gardening but blogging about it is a hit or miss for me (my five children may have something to do with that..lol). Glad to find you again Dave and look forward to seeing and posting this coming season!

    • Dave says:

      Good to see you here too Karrie! We have been carrying on the Harvest Monday tradition here, with occasional help from Michelle at her blog (From Seed To Table). I hope you have a great gardening year and be sure and share your harvest whenever you can!

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