Harvest Monday – 14th Nov 2011

This week has been a good harvesting week.  Lots of photos and lots of broad beans:

 

 

Sometimes there were broad beans with green garlic thrown in:

When that happened I cooked them together with the mint shown below – just delicious and recipe to come on Thursday.  The remaining broad beans went into pasta or a chicken dish.

The other thing I harvested a lot of (and managed to photograph at least once) was lettuce:

 Lettuce was used in sandwiches and salads and in particular in the cucumber salad I posted last week.  These radishes went into that as well.

My newest rainbow chard planting has started producing, I used this to make chicken saag.

I gave these strawberries to the kids this week, but not before taking a quick snap.  I have to say the flavour was disappointing – there were a few more that I ate, and I plan to try again in a new spot with a new variety next year.

 

Last but certainly not least I harvested another beautiful red cabbage.  Half went into a coleslaw I served with this evenings fish cakes and the rest I will use tomorrow – not sure how yet…..

For more harvest excitement head over to Daphne’s Dandelions and see food from around the world.

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34 Responses to Harvest Monday – 14th Nov 2011

  1. Diana says:

    Like that red cabbage. I wonder if it will do well in Adelaide scorching summer. Just bought some seeds and sowed, motivated to try after looking at yours each week. My kids surprisingly enjoyed alpine strawberry rather than those big variety ones.

    • Liz says:

      I’ve never had the space to grow brassicas over summer so I’m not sure how they do. Perhaps I should give the alpine ones a try – I do like the plants – they are really pretty.

  2. Norma Chang says:

    Sadly, my gardening season is coming to an end. Your harvest looks healthy and delicious. Great photos.

  3. shaheen says:

    What a fabulous harvest!

    Fresh broad beans – mmmmm- can’t wait to start growing again!

  4. kitsapFG says:

    Everything looks so fresh and delicious. Those of us entering into the winter season can enjoy your season of bounty vicariously – which of course just aggravates the cabin fever for us! LOL!

    Those broad beans and the cabbage are particularly nice.

  5. Dave says:

    It’s always tough to grow something and then find the flavor not what you wanted. I grew several different strawberry varieties before I found some I liked.

    Your chicken curry recipe sounds yummy! I love curries. I have both spinach and chard to use. Chard is such a good producer.

    • Liz says:

      I cook a lot of curries – I like the process – lots of stirring and adding things. I find chard great to grow and I have to say I substitute it for spinach all the time.

  6. Barbie says:

    I’ve never had broad beans – but those look seriously enticing!

    • Liz says:

      I love them – I think they’re called fava beans in the states – but it wasn’t until in went to England that I discovered them – I think they are eaten more widely there.

  7. Shawn Ann says:

    what a beautiful cabbage! And LOTs of beans! Sorry about the strawberries. I have a difficult time with strawberries too, mostly just getting them to grow!

    • Liz says:

      I have been so happy with my cabbages, they taken so long so I’m glad they’ve turned out well – it makes all the fretting about whether or not they would heart worth it.

  8. Mary Hysong says:

    All of your veggies are so beautiful! With your beans, did you lime or add fertilizer before sowing those that didn’t do well? (that is anything different for them than the others?) Might account for the difference. Beans do like really warm soil though, perhaps it was still a bit cool? Just pulled my beans out; it’s pea planting time here!

    • Liz says:

      It may have been too cool for them, I didn’t add any lime but then I didn’t for any other variety either. My father had the exact same issue with a the same variety but a different packet of seed and I have had others have similar experiences with Jade – they just seem to get less fertile each year.

  9. Mark Willis says:

    Veg that you have harvested from your own garden always looks (and tastes) so much better than shop-bought stuff. That Red Cabbage looks so appetising! Do you ever pickle any?

    • Liz says:

      I haven’t pickled it before – I usually don’t have enough to bother – I still have 3 in the garden so it depends – if they are all ready at once I might try. I have been meaning to attempt kim chi but have never gotten around to it.

  10. Michelle says:

    What a joy to see your beautiful spring harvests. Broad beans and garlic and mint, oh my! How delicious. Your summer veggies can’t be far off now. We are going through that quick slide into the short days of winter with the attendant short harvests. Even though we haven’t had any frost yet the warm weather veggies are in rapid decline. I will have to be happy with my frozen stash of broad beans and summer goodies for, oh, I don’t want to think about how long it will be…

    • Liz says:

      It’ll go quicker than you think, well hopefully anyway…the summer veg is a little way off – I have the tiniest little tomatoes just starting to form on the plants but that’s about it. Its usually January before we get any real harvest. The garlic will be ready soonish I think.

  11. mac says:

    Beautiful broad beans and red cabbage, I have 2 going but they are not heading up, started the seeds too late I suppose.
    Waiting for your broad bean recipe on Thursday.

    • Liz says:

      My cabbage took absolutely ages but eventually managed it. I’m embarrassed to admit I actually considered pulling them a month ago as I was getting so frustrated……you would think I would know better but no….

  12. Lovely photos of your harvest. They look so delightful and spring fresh, not like our nearly shot gardens in the northern hemisphere. I just got a gardening app on my iPad, Gardenate, which was written by a Brit, I think. It uses bean terms that puzzle me, like broad beans (Fava beans). climbing beans for what I call pole green beans, etc. Are broad beans limas or Fava beans or something else?

    • Liz says:

      I’m pretty sure what I call broad beans are what you call fava beans. Our broad beans are the same as the ones in the UK.

  13. Julie says:

    Such pretty cabbage! I’ve got green cabbage that seems to have stopped growing. We’re having a warm spell this week, so I’m hoping they will get a little burst of growth. What type of strawberries are you growing? They look yummy, too bad they don’t taste as good as they look.

    • Liz says:

      I’m not sure of the strawberry variety I propagated them from runners from plants that came with the house. My red cabbages looked like they stopped growing just before they hearted so perhaps thats what yours are doing.

  14. Jo says:

    That all looks so good!! I made a Broad Bean and Pancetta tart/quiche thingy the other day that was delicious.

  15. Bee Girl says:

    Nice harvest! I’m incredibly jealous of those strawberries!!!

  16. Leanne says:

    Your garden seems to be producing heaps, mine isn’t. I seem to be forever waiting for things to grow. Photos, as always, beautiful.

    • Liz says:

      Thanks Leanne, I get impatient too – things will grow though – those cabbages and broad beans I planted in April and May so they have been far from quick……

  17. Your harvest looks so beautiful!! I’m so envious. 🙂

    ~Lynn

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