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For The Love of Harvests

May 23rd, 2012

This time of year the harvest basket starts to fill with delicious goodness. No longer is it just greens of various shapes and sizes and a few straggling overwintered leeks. Last week we picked our very first strawberry, just one delicous berry and which we split. Then Friday evening, Mr Chiots harvested a few handfuls. On Monday – an entire bowlful. These are ‘Earlyglow’ strawberries from Nourse Farms that I planted five years ago.

Yesterday morning we had strawberry shortcake for breakfast (here’s my recipe for anyone who wants it). No spongy sweet cake, we’re a lightly sweetened biscuit family, which is crumbled into a bowl, topped with strawberries and smothered in milk.

I also harvested my first garlic scapes yesterday, which we enjoyed sautéed over swiss chard. Can you believe swiss chard has never graced my plate before?

What are you enjoying from your harvest basket this week?

Garlic Scapes

June 23rd, 2009

A few weeks ago my garlic started sending up scapes. These are the flowering portion of the plants. They are very interesting the way they twist and turn.
Garlic Scape
You can cut them when they’re young and eat them. They’re quite delicious with a very mild garlic flavor. I’ve heard that if you cut them, the bulbs of your garlic will be larger. If you don’t cut them the bulbs will be smaller, but they will keep longer. I’m going to cut a few and leave a few on, to test out the theory.
Garlic Scapes
We’ll be enjoying our garlic scapes in some eggs and probably mixed with some sauteed veggies atop some rice or couscous. You just can beat that mild garlicky flavor!

Have you ever eating garlic scapes?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.