Monday Harvest – 7th November 2011

I failed on all sorts of harvest photography fronts this week.  No herb shots despite using them plentifully.  No lettuce photo’s despite an almost daily salad.  No beetroot photo’s despite making jam.  I do have some good news though.  The cabbage was lovely!

Whilst the broad beans were fabulous in a pasta dish with bacon, pine nuts and lemon, the cabbage was my favourite thing of the week – I’d waited so long I was determined to enjoy it.  We used half in a stir-fry and the other half with that mint in a Vietnamese chicken coleslaw which I photographed mainly for the lurid colours:

The other main harvest of the week was broccoli which I have yet to do anything with.  I was particularly pleased with this broccoli, partially because I planted it as a bit of an aforethought in a fairly shady bed and secondly it doesn’t seem to be infested with aphids which, for this time of the year, I am pretty astounded by.

My final harvest is small and red and frankly something of a miracle.  I struggle to grow strawberries – I don’t give them enough sun (I probably don’t give them enough food and water either) and any that I do get are usually promptly consumed by slugs or small children (or both).  This one though was mine, all mine….maniacal cackle and much hand rubbing…..

For other fabulous harvests from around the world get ye to Daphne’s Dandelions forthwith.

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20 Responses to Monday Harvest – 7th November 2011

  1. Bee Girl says:

    You deserved that strawberry!!! Great harvests this week! Congrats on that cabbage…it’s gorgeous! It must have been super yummy!

    • Liz says:

      The cabbage was lovely and do you know I agree I deserved the strawberry certainly more than my 2 year old who goes around picking off the white ones tasting them and going yuk!!!!

  2. Robin says:

    Everything looks absolutely wonderful! I am going to be so jealous watching your garden grow as we move into winter.

    I didn’t take one photo or weigh any of my herbs this year….and we use them daily!

    • Liz says:

      Its hard with herbs isn’t it – I found it hard to photograph them in winter particular as I tend to take most of my photos outside and it was often dark by the time I was harvesting….

  3. Wilderness says:

    Great looking harvest. Love the cabbage in particular.

  4. Dave says:

    That is some lovely looking slaw! I’ll bet it tasted yummy too.

  5. kitsapFG says:

    I just love purple cabbages – they are such a beautiful plant and hold up so well in the garden compared to many of the green varieties. That brocolli is beautiful as well. Ours is done for the season so it will be spring before I enjoy fresh broccoli again – thankfully we have lots in the freezer to enjoy over the winter.

    • Liz says:

      Its great that you have enough to freeze. I’ve really enjoyed growing the purple cabbages this year – my impatience for them to develop hearts notwithstanding.

  6. Mark Willis says:

    That Vietnamese chicken coleslaw dish looks absolutely brilliant. Needs some sliced red chillis, some crispy shallots and roasted peanuts sprinkled on top! 🙂

    • Liz says:

      It did have peanuts and I’m now kicking myself about the shallots because I have some in the cupboard – there was chilli in the dressing – unfortunately not home grown though as they are not nearly hot enough yet.

  7. Barbie says:

    Congrats on your strawberry! Your right about the ‘slaw’ that looks divine.

  8. Michelle says:

    That’s perfection in the shape of cabbage! And what lovely favas you have to go with it. Yummy looking slaw and great looking broccoli. Wow, lots to be proud of there.

    • Liz says:

      Thanks Michelle, I’ve seen lots of white butterflies around the cabbage so I suspect the next ones wont be as perfect – although it is easy to see the caterpillars against the purple.

  9. Brilliant as always, I’m definitely trying purple cabbages next year. I’m so impressed you still have broccoli too. I’m with you on the strawberry front, I’ve never had much success with them either – and that was before small children entered the equation. I’ve just planted a few myself, so I hope to get at least one. I’m going to be mean and construct some kind of netted structure over the top to keep my two year old off the immature fruit or from picking the flowers!!

  10. leduesorelle says:

    I remain completely envious of your fava beans, perfection! Thankfully, we can use the small ones, and are great for throwing on the grill. What do you do with them?

    • Liz says:

      Usually I cook them with pasta, with bacon, onion, lemon, pine nuts and topped with parmesan. Yesterday i braised them again with bacon and onion as side dish. I also use them in a chicken and chorizo stew that I really must make again soon…..

  11. Norma Chang says:

    Lovely head of red cabbage. Never thought of adding mint to red cabbage thanks for the idea.

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