Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. It was another good week for harvesting asparagus. We got about an inch of rain Friday, and that really made it pop up. We got our largest harvest on Saturday of 14 ounces, bringing the weekly total to 4 pounds. We’ve been enjoying it stir-fried and grilled, and yesterday we had some steamed.
It’s my wife’s turn to cook, and she suggested Asparagus Mimosa for lunch yesterday. We both love this treatment, so simple but so tasty when you have really fresh asparagus. We steamed it in a bamboo steamer until just tender, then used a microplane grater to grate hard-boiled egg over the asparagus. We gave it a sprinkle of sea salt, a drizzle of some good extra-virgin olive oil, and then tossed on a few capers to finish it. It made for a filling main (and only) course, and I truly enjoyed every bite of it.
My only other harvest of the week was another cutting of lettuce from a cold frame bed. I believe this batch includes Australian Yellow and Red Sails. I cut those particular plants to make room to plant kale and mizuna in that bed.
In the future harvest department, the Natchez blackberries are blooming and the plants are covered with the pinkish white blossoms. Our other blackberry we have growing is Apache, and it blooms a bit later than Natchez. If the blooms and buds are any indication, it should be a good year for blackberries. Last year we hauled in 44 pounds of them, and we still have quite a few in the freezer. Looks like it is time for smoothies, and perhaps sharing a few with friends.
My bread bake of the week was a batch of buns. I made these using white whole wheat, and they got a topping of my homemade ‘everything mix’ that includes black and white sesame seeds, dried onion, flaked sea salt and poppy seeds. I don’t think the white whole wheat is quite as flavorful as the Red Fife wheat I often use, but it does get more lift and for a bun or roll that is a plus for me.
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!