Harvest Time

We are back from vacation!  Vacations are never long enough, are they?

It is cooling off here a bit.  Everything is ripening at once and I’ve been making some rather tasty dishes!

Here is the Eggplant Parmesan:

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I used a recipe I found online that was, allegedly, by Martha Stewart, and the instructions said to bake the breaded eggplant first.  I opted to fry it in olive oil seasoned with garlic and a little salt and pepper instead.  I then placed the pieces in the baking dish with sauce, layered with shredded mozzarella, more eggplant, sauce, and then sliced fresh mozzarella and sprinkling of parmesan.  Yum, yum, and more yum!

Here is another of my salads:

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The orange-colored cherry tomatoes are called “Sun Sugar,” which really describes them because they are just about the sweetest tomatoes I’ve ever tasted.  The red tomatoes are “Early Girls” chopped up.  The cucumbers are supposedly “Burpless.”  I added onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil….. and now for the dessert……

Blueberry-Rhubarb Pie:

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Notice the foil around the outer edge?  It was so drippy and juicy…I used a cup of blueberries and 2 cups of rhubarb(from our abundant bumper-crop!), plus about 1 1/2 cups sugar.  There was not much else to the recipe.  I added a little flour to the filling in hopes of thickening it a bit.  It dripped so much I can’t imagine what it would have been like without the flour!

On to another harvest activity:

Right now I am saving some seeds.  The “Painted Lady” stringbean flowers are so darn pretty….

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I am saving seeds for next year’s plants:

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Even the seeds themselves are pretty!  The darker ones have been drying a bit longer than the rest.  I will not need so many of them, so perhaps some of my gardening friends will be receiving some seeds as gifts for birthdays and/or holidays!

I am not going crazy with the beans, just blanching and freezing them, most likely.  One year a friend pickled her beans.  I think I’m just a little too tired for that.  Any thoughts on easy, fun ways to fix string beans?

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Bye the way, all these photos were taken with my phone.  My camera seems to have disappeared.  One of my children has two pet ferrets, who are responsible for hiding the remote controls for the TV.  I wonder if they had anything to do with it?

Meet Nigel and Pudge.  Nigel is more likely the guilty party, or so I’m told.  He is the one who is in the lower half of the picture:

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Part of a day in Wenz World is always filled with a little adventure!

Have a wonderful adventure of your own today!

Wendy

3 thoughts on “Harvest Time

    • Thank you! Even the people who don’t normally like eggplant liked this. I think the key is that it was so fresh, plus, it was different from the gigantic, bulbous variety sold in grocery stores. The eggplants were long and narrow, called “Ichiban,” and “Hansel.” I recommend trying either of these varieties for a more positive “Eggplant Experience!”

      • My father-in-law mentioned those, he just referred to them as Japanese eggplant, but I might have to try that. Eggplant grow great here, which was a really bad thing when I realized that I didn’t like them. 🙂

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