Harvest Monday – 1st and 8th October 2012

8 Oct

I missed another Harvest Monday, so here goes my list for the last fortnight.

Berries!   The berries have been plentiful. Actually the strawberries and blueberries are only just starting, but the mulberry tree has been overflowing. Over the past fortnight I have harvested more than 2 kilograms.   Most of these went into batches of mulberry dessert sauce. It is a-mazing on greek yoghurt and I imagine on ice-cream too.

They also went into smoothies. I seem to be surviving on these when the kids are at daycare.

Bowl of Peppermint

  I dried this for storage and later consumption as tea.

Several bowls of Lettuce, English Spinach and Tatsoi

  The english spinach has provided me with many meals worth of baby spinach leaves. I used them in omelettes and salad primarily. The tatsoi and green oak lettuce have mostly gone into salad.

The photo below shows a bowl of green veggies that I harvested for some veggie dumplings during the week. It included spinach, tatsoi, celery, spring onion, garlic chives and coriander.

Little D helped me put them together.

Actually this photo makes him look a lot more helpful than he actually was. Mostly he just ate raw dough, but we managed to conjure up some passable dumplings in the end.

Bay Leaves

I think I might have accidently killed my bay tree. Fortunately bay leaves are still good when they dry out, because I needed a bunch of them for Bobotie this week.

1 kilogram beetroot

I’ve started harvesting the beetroot because it is going to seed. I roasted it today, then pureed it and froze in batches. I plan to use it for beetroot dip once the weather warms up.

That’s it for me this week. More more harvests, head over to Daphne’s

14 Responses to “Harvest Monday – 1st and 8th October 2012”

  1. Daphne October 8, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Those veggie dumplings look delicious. I so love dumplings, but I’m usually to lazy to make them. Occasionally I get the urge though.

  2. Patsy October 9, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    What beautiful berries! My husband planted a mulberry tree here last year, but I wonder if I will ever see any fruit from it. Birds seem to get every berry around here. Don’t you just love tatsoi? Asian greens are so fun to grow, and your dumplings look like the best way to eat them!

  3. kitsapfg October 9, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    Beautiful berry harvest and I love the mulberry sauce – gorgeous! Your helper is just darling too. 😀

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney October 9, 2012 at 9:40 am #

      Aww thanks 🙂 I find that boys are exhausting to parent – this little guy seems to be totally gorgeous and adorable or shockingly disobedient and frustrating. There is no middle ground emotionally.

  4. Michelle October 9, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    Oh, you are killing me with those mulberries! I had a tree in the garden of my previous home. That tree was prolific and the berries were indescribably delicious. I miss them. I’m trying to start a new tree here, but the native soil is so bad, the poor thing is struggling along, and to top it off it got scorched in the heat wave we had last week. Ah well, I’ll just have to drool over the photos of your berries. I used to dry some of my berries, the dried berries are, were, great to snack on and they were fabulous baked in scones.

    Great looking dumplings, and the helper isn’t such a bad looker either.

    Your poor bay tree. That was another victim of the heat wave, one of my little potted trees got a lot of sunburn which makes the leaves useless, but it looks like the tree survived.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney October 9, 2012 at 9:37 am #

      Dried mulberries! Michelle you are a wealth of knowledge – I will definitely give that a go – I’ve been itching to use my dehydrator more often. Did you remove the stems before drying them?

      Sorry to hear of your bay tree. I cant even blame a heat wave – just my neglect.

  5. Louise October 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Yum, mulberry sauce and dumplings. I want to eat at your house. My bay is looking weird at the moment too, must have a look at it to see what’s up.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney October 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

      I think I need to buy a more established one. Mine was so small that it never really had a chance with me picking it all the time.

  6. susan October 9, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    Yay for mulberries, i have only recently aquired a dwarf black mulberry tree, but it still fruited. However “Miss 5” pinches them off and eats them before they turn black. Luckily the neighbourhood kids came around selling bowls off them for a few dollars. The is also a mulberry tree in the playground of her preschool, so all the kids go home purple from top to toe, cute to see them all!

  7. Liz October 10, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Dumpling recipe please! Great selection and great photos this week.

  8. Bee Girl (AKA Melissa) October 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    That dessert sauce looks absolutely perfect!

  9. Digging up the dirt October 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Wow those mulberries are enormous! But then the birds and I have been fighting over very tiny mulberries in the park up the road.

    I gave my bay an enormous haircut last summer. I am not so convinced they do much for a meal. My nephew sure would have loved to be at yours eating bobotie, poor lad moving into a vegetarian household. Perhaps I will make him one as a treat?

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