This week’s Monday Harvest post finds me extremely excited. I have at last answered the question: Can you grow sweet potatoes in Melbourne? And the answer is….drum roll please…. a resounding yes! Actually I should clarify that somewhat, you can grow one sweet potato in Melbourne, whether it proves to be potatoes plural, remains to be seen. I bandicooted this 500g beauty yesterday. (For anyone unfamiliar with the term bandicooted then take a quick look at the comments after last weeks Monday Harvest post and hopefully all will become clear.) The little one next to it was an accidental harvest the result of digging for normal potatoes. It appears the vine had set down roots when it had sprawled amongst the other potatoes and was starting to set tubers there.
For the record the big one became fritters (or pakoras – I used chickpea flour and garam masala) which were served with a fresh mint chutney and even the non Sweet potato loving kids enjoyed it.
When I was thinking about this post I was tossing up whether to start or finish with the Sweet potato harvest as a part of me thinks that after that the rest somehow pales in comparison. Having said that the borlotti beans were pretty damn exciting as well.
Not a huge harvest but a really pretty one. These I braised with some onion and tomato.
The cherry tomatoes are still producing in dribs and drabs – I’ll give the plants another week or so then pull them out.
This was the best week so far for Lebanese eggplant, I harvested these two and at least 6 or 7 others the same size during the course of the week. The chillies are still going strong. This long cayenne I will save seed from and was eaten in the sweet potato fritters.
I have given away a lot of basil lately, I really must make the time to make some pesto for the freezer. The beans are still producing, not heaps, but enough for a small side dish.
As usual I ate a lot of salads, the harvests below included lettuce, celery, lots of parsley, mint, Spring onions – including one that had started to bulb, and French breakfast radishes.
I made roast vegetables one night last week, it used the above eggplants and the beetroot below.
Still in a autumn/winter vegetable vein, I also cut a fair bit of chard this week; this lot became Chard and Ricotta gnocchi. I’ve been making Chard & Ricotta gnocchi for years but I recently discovered a recipe that includes oregano (actually it said marjoram but I have to admit I struggle to tell the difference some times) which is cooked with the spinach prior to incorporating in the gnocchi mixture. It really works well.
And that was my harvesting week. If you need more then head over to Daphne’s Dandelions for examples from around the world.