This head has already starred in 2 meals, the first one was a salad of blanched broccoli, tomato (not mine yet), shallots, feta, basil, and pine nuts, with a dressing of red wine vinegar, pomegranate molasses, and olive oil. That turned out to be really tasty, tomato and broccoli are surprisingly good flavor companions. Meal number 2 was a stir fry of broccoli, green beans, onion, garlic, and ground veal with oyster sauce - another tasty combo. And there's still a chunk of the head left.
|Green Fingers cucumbers, Mouse Melons, and Romanesco zucchini|
The cucumbers, mouse melons, and zucchini are coming in at a pretty good pace now, not a glut, but not too little either.
|Assorted Beans and Apollo Brokali|
I lifted a few of the varieties of onions last week and one of them got used right away so it is in the tally but the rest won't be weighed until they've been cured or used.
On a more depressing note, that ominous cloud is smoke. That's the view from the top of the ridge across the valley looking toward the coast. The Soberanes Fire is an out of control wildfire burning about 8 miles away that has scorched about 11,000 acres and 6 homes so far and is only 5% contained. It's been burning for 3 days and is likely to continue on for days more (hopefully only days). Fortunately for me it's burning away from here and the prevailing winds will probably keep it going that way. But it truly is a depressing sight and I feel awful for the people whose homes are in its path. Wildfires are one of the perils that we face in most of California where summer rain is a rare event and the natural landscape becomes a tinderbox. I haven't seen this much smoke since a large swath of Big Sur and the Ventana Wilderness burned back in 2008 - that fire started in July and burned through October.
Back to the harvests, here's the details of what the garden produced last week:
Red Swan beans - .5 oz.
Roc d'Or beans - .5 oz.
Rolande Filet beans - 4.1 oz.
Royalty Purple Pod beans - .5 oz.
Slenderette beans - .3 oz.
Batavia broccoli - 2.7 lb.
Apollo brokali - 6.1 oz.
Green Fingers cucumbers - 2 lb.
Mouse Melons - 2.8 oz.
Rossa Piatta d'Italia onions - 1.1 lb.
Romanesco zucchini - 2.3 lb.
Total harvests for the past week - 9.1 pounds (4.1 kg.)
2016 YTD - 278.2 lb. (171.6 kg.)