Monday, June 22, 2009

Peas: From Harvest to Plate

Well, looks like my peas are about done for this season. I pulled the bush peas out this weekend. The sugar snaps are still there, but only have a few flowers. I think the high temps predicted towards the end of this week will be the end.

Overall, I'm moderately happy with the harvest. I honestly had hoped for more, but as you'll see from the pics below, I got enough for 3 big bowls. They were really delicious. I am going to replant the sugar snaps in August for a fall crop. And next spring, I will definitely try the Agribon to extend the harvest. This year they didn't get above a few inches until it warmed up in May, so I think that is going to be key to getting more peas. So without further ado, here are the pics.
Sugar Snaps (and lettuce) on June 2nd

Dark Seeded Early Perfection Peas & Strawberries

The harvest bowl. I got another bowlful about a week later filled about twice as much, and another this weekend filled almost all the way.

The plate: Garden Salad w/ Creamy Tarragon Herb Dressing, Cold Peanut Butter Soba Noodles covered in peas, carrots & cukes, lemon pepper cucumber slices, and strawberries. (berries, herbs & lettuce also just picked). Above on the shell plate was Red Pepper Bean Dip w/ oregano + Herb Onion Tofu dip w/ broccoli and cauliflower.

I'll update this with the Peanut Butter Noodles recipe when I get home tonight. It is so simple, yet so good. Definitely one of my favorite go-to dishes. Here is the bean dip recipe, I just added extra roasted red peppers instead of the pimentos. And this is the tofu dip recipe, plus chopped herbs and a packet of onion soup mix.

p.s. I know my camera skills need to improve. My camera is actually half broken at the moment, I dropped it and part of the lens fell off. Sooner or later I'll get a new one, and make sure to read the manual this time!


Anonymous said...

Hi, I love your garden! I am new to gardening and super interested in keeping a vegan household. I am in the planning / learning stages of my garden. I will be planting containers this weekend and building raised beds for a larger garden this fall (I live in Houston, Texas, the summer heat is a challenge). I was devastated when my horticulture friend recently presented me with 2 options for fertilizing my garden - chemicals (obvioulsy, no) and "organic" fertilizer made of factory farmed manure (mostly chicken, shudder, um, no). i am just beginning to research my options. I have read your posts tagged with fertilizer. Would you mind giving me an update on what you decided to do?

Christiane said...

Dawn, will you marry me?

Aubade said...

thinkoutsidethecage: thanks for your comment! I have a post half written in response to your question, w/ some good news (in a nutshell: straw, maxicrop seaweed & compost tea). Just have to find the time to finish it!

christiane: lol you're too funny. I'll cook for you anytime, just come back to the east coast! :-)

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