Monday, March 26, 2018

Harvest Monday - March 26th, 2018

This week's Harvest Monday is part of the series at Our Happy Acres and is just some more of the same.

More tomatoes.

More Batavian lettuce. More unpictured chard and kale.

More carrots. More scallions. More herbs.

Loquats! Finally! Loquats are, in my opinion, one of the most under appreciated fruit trees in Los Angeles. (Runner up: the Jujubee tree)

Also, this carrot is a sashaying little fat belly with little chubby thighs.

These guys.

Still going strong.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Harvest Monday - March 19th, 2018

Renee's scallion seed mix. I'm not sure those red scallions taste significantly different, but they look pretty.

I've been experimenting with blanching them. Top is one I grew, bottom is store bought. 

Gratuitous rain shots. Renee's Blush Batavia.

Side shoots! Batavian Broccoli. 

More Batavia Blush. Radichio is not suited to my climate, but it was still tasty, if a little sad looking. These went into a really killer salad with sliced apples, feta, toasted walnuts, and a vinaigrette.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Harvest Monday - March 12th, 2018

This post is part of the Harvest Monday series over at Our Happy Acres

Potatoes! This feels like a magic trick. I put one potato...sprout? in the ground and now I have many. 

Side shoots! Still collected fistfuls of these every few days. I grew other winter flowers, but these. I mean...look at this.

First of my second succession carrots. I'm pretty sure this is the Baker Creek free seed Cosmic Purple. I hosed it off and ate it on the spot. It's good! It's less sweet and more "carroty."

Ocean State Job Lots Discount Seed Variety Collards going strong.  Last of this years Arugula.

Succession planting fail. Drowning in Mikado turnips.



Monday, March 5, 2018

Harvest Monday - March 5th, 2018

Not to brag, but the fruit tree varieties at this property are very underwhelming. 

This post is part of Harvest Monday at Our Happy Acres. We finally got a week of winter here so my garden had a rest while I dealt with the 50lbs of kumquats that even the critters aren't interested in eating.

My first marmalade attempt a few weeks ago was both visually disgusting and texturally repulsive.  (Shout out to NYT Cooking for leaving a gap in their paywall so I could access their article on making jam. It was very helpful when I was sending SOS messages into my google search bar.)

Not for human consumption.

The second time around I made some adjustments - like if you smell sugar caramelizing it's a sign that you've cooked it for five minutes too long, not a sign that you need to cook it for 20 more minutes. 


Acceptable for humans to eat. 
I used this recipe as a rough template and then used a hot water bath at the end. I also threw in a few Criolla Sella peppers. They have an extremely disappointing taste (I got them in a seed swap from someone who had never grown them) but have a fruity, tropical smell that I was into at the moment.

The oranges are sweet, but have poor eating quality, so those were squeezed into yard juice and also sliced really thin for a breakfast salad made with Renee's mesclun mix.

The grapefruit tree produces fruit that smell better than they taste, but it's become an integral component of my Old Fashioned recipe that I originally ripped off from a fantastic bar in Silver Lake and have been perfecting over the years. I sliced them and threw them in the oven on a wire rack for 10-12 hours.