Monday, May 1, 2017

Greens Bake

The spring greens are so tender and delicious! We've been eating lots of salads, a few green smoothies, and THIS tasty baked dish.

I like to mix the greens. Tonight's version is made with the tops of the salad turnips, the beet greens (thinned from the rest of the crop), the serendipitous mustard greens, and the tail-end of the dwarf blue curled scotch kale.

Here's the recipe from Local Harvest's 2009 newsletter.
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Easy Greens Bake
Serves 4-6
·       6 free-range eggs, beaten
·       1 bunch (about 1 gallon) fresh greens (kale, collards, Swiss chard, spinach, etc.)
·       1 medium onion (or 3-4 scallions), minced
·       1/2 red bell pepper, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces (optional)
·       3 cloves garlic (or 1 stalk green garlic), minced
·       3/4 cup milk of your choice (cow, goat, rice, etc.)
·       2 cups finely shredded cheese of your choice
·       1/2 tsp pepper
·       1 tsp salt, optional
·       1 Tbs olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Wash greens.  Strip leaves from stalks.  Chop stalks into 1/4 inch pieces and set aside. Chop greens into bite-sized pieces. 
2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add chopped stalks.  Cook until almost tender (collard stalks take longer than spinach or Swiss chard - should take about 5-10 minutes).  Add chopped leaves and cook until tender (again, it varies with the greens, about 3-8 minutes.)  Drain, then press with a fork to remove as much water as you can.  (You can reserve the nutritious water and freeze for later use in soups).
3. In the meantime, in a heavy skillet over medium heat, saute onions and peppers in olive oil until onions are translucent.  Add garlic, saute about 2 minutes more.  (If you want to skip this step, just throw these ingredients in with the stalks and cook them all together, though sauteeing brings out the flavor of the peppers and onions better).
4. Grease a 9 x 12 casserole.  Pour in all the ingredients and mix well.  (You can also throw everything in the food processor for a more uniform texture.) The mixture will be thick, and you may need to press it into the corners and smooth the top with a spoon.  (Sometimes we mix this up in a bowl and spoon it into regular or mini-muffin cups to make beautiful individual appetizers.)

5. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until set in center.  Slice and serve warm or at room temperature. 

And here's the link to the source article:
https://www.localharvest.org/newsletter/20090224/recipes.html

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Spring Crops

Lettuce, Spinach, Salad Turnips, Beet Greens

Friday, April 28, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Southern Peas & Beans

pink-eyed purple-hulled peas
We love southern peas, and these are our favorite. They grow best in the heat, but I sowed one row of seed to try for an early start. With a little luck, they will survive the cool/hot/cool temps of late spring without rotting in the ground. I'll sow a 2nd row in a few weeks, after I harvest the last bit of red russian kale, which is currently putting on a nice encore.

jade & roma II bush beans
I planted one row of our favorite bush bean, jade, and one row of a new-to-me Italian flat-bean variety, roma II. Based on internet reviews of the roma II, I'm expecting some prolific, good eating!

rattlesnake pole beans
Our favorite pole bean, I failed to order the rattlesnake seed! Actually, I thought I had some saved from last year's crop, but no. Order for new seed placed today.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Chicks!

We are beginning again. This time, we are raising up a small flock of Speckled Sussex biddies.

Why Speckled Sussex?

  • A heritage breed, known to be gentle and friendly
  • Good egg layers, 4-5 light brown eggs per week
  • Does well with cold temperatures, but can take the heat
  • Excellent foragers, but also happy in containment
  • Lovely speckled feathering
  • Heavy birds, less likely to 'fly the coop'

We placed an order for chicks at the local feed & seed store for a shipment expected on May 24, but while buying plants and seed yesterday, Rouse the Spouse noticed these cuties in the 'chicks for sale' area. Alas, no rooster available. We'll be looking for a roo to add to the flock. Check out the nice containment area Rouse the Spouse prepared for the chicks. Easy to move from place to place while they're still too little to fend for themselves in the chicken coop.



kale, radishes, salad turnips, spinach harvested ... beans and okra seed planted


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Summer Crops Start Now

Yesterday, Evalyn and I visited our local feed and seed store to pick up a few garden plants. She chose some garden art.

All the plants have been transplanted into the garden and lady bug on a stick is watching over all. Grow on!

  • sun sugar gold cherry tomatoes
  • super sweet 100 red cherry tomatoes
  • cherokee purple heirloom tomatoes
  • tomatillas
  • poblano peppers
  • jalapeƱa peppers
  • hot banana peppers
  • hot cow horn peppers
  • gypsy sweet frying peppers
  • pimiento cheese peppers
  • pickling cucumbers
  • flat parsley
  • curly parsley
  • celeriac
  • fennel
  • epazote