It really is ridiculous how happy I am having fresh herbs to cook with again. And I am days away from a first salad harvest from the garden.
What’s that, you’d like a tour? I’d be delighted. It’s still all babies and I need to mulch it as soon as Jeeps can give me grass clippings. But anyway, come along and look:
Spinach and radishes
Carrots. They need thinning, which is an OCD job I loathe, but it’s the nature of the beast.
Fennel. Fennel fennel fennel fennel, I’m growing like 24 bulbs of it this year. Last night I sauteed chicken sausage with red onions, yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes and zucchini. And right at the end I ran out, clipped off a bunch of feathery fennel tops, clipped another bunch of fresh parsley, chopped it all up, stirred it in…and something good turned into something amazing. There wasn’t a scrap left. I cannot stress enough what a parsley
whore fan I am…
Broccoli seedlings surrounded by radishes. I companion-plant whenever possible, and I read that these two go well together. So I made a grid of radish seeds and planted the broccoli inside the boxes. On the other hand, the same source said, rather vehemently, not to companion-plant fennel with ANYTHING. So I have that isolated by itself but if the whole garden should fail, we all know why.
Pea plants starting to climb. Nearly a third of this crop, which was planted near the tulips, was wiped out by a vicious pack of voles. We’ve declared war with bait and snap traps. Killed five of them in one day. And I enjoyed it.
Prep for tonight’s dinner. We were having burgers on the grill but on the side I sauteed red onion and garlic in olive oil, then added a can of drained, rinsed cannelini beans and let it cook on low about ten minutes. Then I added half a bag of baby spinach, and the chopped herbs – just parsley and sage leaves.
Bouquet by Pandagirl. I love handing her scissors and a mason jar and saying, “Pick something for the table.” Usually she just has at it, but tonight I did give specific direction because my columbines are in bloom, and these purple ones look pretty with the chartreuse leaves of a golden bleeding heart. She arranged it beautifully though.
(Sigh)…I love spring.