|Di Ciccio and Batavia broccoli, and Apollo brokali|
|Tromba D'Albenga squash|
|Stortino di Trento and Purple Pole beans, Padron peppers|
|De La Vera, Craig's Grande Jalapeño, and Rezha Macedonian|
When the smokers were done I raised the heat to roast a few more peppers, a big bunch of Giallo di Cuneo peppers ripened while I was away.
|Giallo di Cuneo peppers|
A few more Lady Bell and Florina Greek peppers were ready to harvest also. The Lady Bells got rather shaded by other peppers that grow taller so the harvest wasn't as good as in years past. I'll have to remember that for next year.
|Long des Landes, Florina Greek, and Lady Bell peppers|
When the peppers were finished I roasted up about a pound of broccoli florets which went into a salad with chickpeas and roasted peppers with a smoky tahini dressing (my version of a broccoli and lentil salad - the original recipe can be found here). That salad was a real winner so I'll have to post my modified version of the recipe on my recipe blog, some day...
Yesterday I selected a variety of veggies to give to a friend. She got everything but the Syrian Three Sided pepper that was sunburned on one side.
|Clockwise from upper left: Criolla de Cocina, Long des Landes, Padrons,|
Syrian Three Sided, Mareko Fana, Stortino di Trento and Purple beans, Yummy Belles
|Bonica eggplant and Tromba D'Albenga squash|
One thing that I didn't get around to photographing this week was the shelled Mandan Parching Lavender corn. I was really pleased that my little patch produced 4 pounds of kernels. It wasn't as productive as the Cascade Ruby Gold or Floriani Red corns last year (5+ pounds each), but the plants are dwarfs and with small cobs, so I was expecting much less. I'll show a photo of them next week along with a photo of the Taos Pueblo Blue corn that I'm nearly done shelling.
Speaking of corn, the dried whole kernel corn keeps exceptionally well and we enjoyed some of the Floriani Red from last year as freshly ground polenta with long cooked broccoli. I tried a new-to-me method of cooking polenta that I'm definitely going to do again, oven cooked polenta. It's the most simple method I've tried yet and produced excellent results. You'll find all sorts of recipes for oven cooked polenta on the web, but here's the basics -
Combine 1 cup of polenta meal (not instant) with a quart of liquid (I used half stock and half water) and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir together in an oven proof container (I used a Staub cocotte). Bake uncovered for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and stir in some butter. Back in the oven for 10 minutes. Add cheese if you're going to use it just before serving. It can be held in a low oven before serving.It is almost too easy! You truly do not have to stir it for the first 40 minutes - it looks a bit funky but it all comes together.
So, even though the summer harvests are quickly winding down it was another good week. The shorter days have things growing and ripening at a slower pace (unless you're broccoli) so I don't have to rush to harvest the peppers as soon as they ripen, they keep well on the plants for at least a few days so I harvest them as I have time to deal with them. That means more peppers to come in the following week, but after that they will be nearly done.
Here's the harvest tally for the past week:
Purple Pole beans - 6.5 oz.
Stortino di Trento beans - 1 lb., 4.3 oz.
Apollo brokali - 11.9 oz.
Batavia broccoli - 9 lb., 5 oz.
Di Ciccio broccoli - 15.3 oz.
Mandan Parching Lavender corn - 4 lb., .2 oz.
Bonica eggplant - 1 lb., 6.4 oz.
Criolla de Cocina peppers - 8.7 oz.
Craig's Grande Jalapeño - 1 lb., 8.9 oz.
De La Vera peppers - 15.9 oz.
Florina Greek peppers - 15.9 oz.
Giallo di Cuneo peppers - 3 lb., 10.5 oz.
Lady Bell peppers - 11.2 oz.
Markeo Fana peppers - 2.5 oz.
Padron peppers - l lb., 9.4 oz.
Long des Landes peppers - 2 lb., 1.2 oz.
Rezha Macedonian peppers - 2.1 oz.
Yummy Belle peppers - 8 oz.
Camp Joy cherry tomatoes - 15.3 oz.
Tromba D'Albenga squash - 10 lb., 15.6 oz.
Total for the week - 42 lb., 14.8 oz. (19.5 kg.)
2015 YTD - 1085 lb., 2.2 oz. (492.2 kg.)
Harvest Monday is hosted by Dave on his blog Our Happy Acres, head on over there to be inspired by what other garden bloggers have been harvesting and cooking up.