Harvest Monday – 27th August 2012

27 Aug

Warming weather has meant that the garden (and weeds) are growing quickly. I’m having to be more active outside these days to keep on top of it, although I’ll be glad when the creeping oxalis (soursop) goes dormant and I can stop chasing it for the time being.

2kg peas

I harvested the last of the shelling peas. After shelling they yielded about 900g of peas. Some went with some meatloaf during the week, and the rest went into the freezer.

3 baby leeks

The leeks are taking forever and I’d like the space for summer plantings so I harvested 3 small leeks this week for use in an asparagus and smoked salmon quiche.

2 sprigs dill

Also in the quiche.

2 asparagus spears

The asparagus is putting out lots of new spears, so the coming week will bring the biggest harvest. I combined one of these with the ones I harvested last week and used them in the quiche, which was seriously delicious.


Bowl of baby spinach

Into a salad that I served with the quiche.

25 peppermint leaves

I harvested the first of the peppermint leaves from my new plant. I put them into some tea, but realised upon drinking that you need far more than 25 leaves to a pot. It was very slightly minty hot water.

Bunch of oregano

The oregano has sprung back from winter much faster than the other herbs. I used this in a garlic chicken and chorizo casserole.

Bunch of celery

Normally I harvest the celery on a ‘cut and come again’ basis, but this week I harvested a whole bunch for a batch of cream of celery soup. The soup benefits from using the sweeter inner stalks, and it was delicious.

4 spring onions

I used these in some chicken and sweet corn soup and also in a pasta salad today.

1 bunch silverbeet

I found a recipe that the kids would eat silverbeet in! This large bunch went into Chickpeas with chorizo and silverbeet.

Luckily this little guy survived the shredding of the silverbeet and was noticed before being added to the pot.

Well that’s all for me this week. For more harvests – in Australia and the other side of the world, I’m linking up with Daphne. Go pay her a visit.

15 Responses to “Harvest Monday – 27th August 2012”

  1. kitsapfg August 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    Glad you saw the ladybug and saved her! Your harvests are beautiful this week, but the celery was particularly fine looking.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney August 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

      Celery is at its peak now. As soon as it warms up and dries out the stalks will go hollow 😦

  2. Daphne August 28, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    Lovely harvest. If you like green tea, try adding a bit of mint to it next time. It is wonderful and good if you only have a little mint.

  3. maryhysong August 28, 2012 at 1:30 am #

    What a nice looking harvest you have this week! Good to know you didn’t eat the ladybug ;=) Your quiche reminds me I need to get my oven looked at!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney August 28, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

      Oh Mary – definitely. I would be lost without my oven – so much so that I actually have two!

  4. Patsy August 28, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    That is one beautiful bunch of celery!!! Everything looks great and your quiche is making me very hungry!

  5. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy August 28, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    That quiche LOOKS seriously delicious. It’s lunchtime here and Im now starving..

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney August 28, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

      I love quiche. I took that photo when it was straight out of the oven and still puffy. Hope you found something delicious for lunch.

  6. zentMRS August 28, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    Beautiful peas!

  7. Rick August 28, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    Beautiful harvest. Your peas look great. I’m looking forward to our fall crop of peas, until then I’ll have to settle for the frozen peas from spring!

  8. Louise August 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Love the look of your quiche, I am very partial to a quiche. Glad you found the lady beetle!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney August 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

      Oh I agree Louise. We’ve been having more of it since I discovered how easy it is to make shortcrust pastry. Once Little D can eat dairy again (in December) it will be on for young and old!

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