Monday, August 24, 2009

Harvest Monday 8/24/09

Each week Daphne hosts a show of garden harvests. You can view other gardener's harvests at Daphne's Dandelions.

We've been harvesting basil with almost every harvest this week, but it never weighs much on its own. It is nice to have it whenever you need it.
On Tuesday, 14 oz of swiss chard went into a yummy Chard Apple Quiche.

On Wednesday, 5 oz of cherry tomatoes and 7 1/2 oz of Romano green beans and 11 1/2 oz of blue lake green beans became a side dish of braised green beans one evening this week.
On Thursday, I harvested my two slicing cucumbers which came in at 14 oz. I probably should have picked them earlier since they were a bit seedy inside, but we enjoyed them in a salad with cherry tomatoes and feta anyways.
And Sunday, I harvested my first full size tomato. My mystery heirloom which looks dark pinkish, came in at 10 1/4 oz for the first fruit. I also picked my lone zucchini which weight 10 1/2 oz. Here's a second shot of the beautiful color on that first tomato. The tomato became the centerpiece of a Tomato Tart. My mom had sent me the recipe a week or two ago and I was just waiting for the right tomato to try it. You can see from the photo below that the tomato was very meaty and had few seeds. We halved the recipe to make one large tart. Our only other modification was that we sauteed a leek first and layered that in the bottom of the tart before adding the egg mixture. The crust recipe was hard to work with but nice and buttery. Next time we'll probably stick with our usual crust recipe. With our sauteed zucchini, it made a very yummy dinner.


June said...

Oh, I love the tomato! And the tart! Summer is so good to us, yes?

Daphne said...

Congrats on the first big tomato. I've never thought of a tomato tart. I love all the recipes that I'm seeing all over the web about using the tomatoes and zucchini. I would never have thought of a tomato tart or tomato pie on my own.

The chard looks really nice. I still have chard in the fridge that I have to use up. A chard and apple quiche sounds really good. I ought to try that soon. Apple season has started around here. I don't have any trees myself, but I always buy a lot from the farmer's market.

Miss M (InfG) said...

Red is such a beautiful color, isn't it ?! :D Congrats.
Lovely harvest. I can't wait for my chard to start producing. The Chard Apple Quiche sounds good indeed and that Tomato Tart looks simply delish ! The leek is a nice touch. Yum ! Gotta try it.

Dan said...

All you harvests look great, particularly those cucumbers! Does the mystery heirloom have potato leaves? Possible a brandywine if it does. The tomato tart is being bookmarked to try, you always have such excellent recipe ideas.

Emily said...

Yes the mystery heirloom has potato leaves. Its very similar in foliage to my pink heirloom tomato too. They bloomed the same time but this set fruit first. I'm not sure what my pink heirloom is anyways, since I saved the seeds from a tomato from the local coop. Thanks for the heads up on what the mystery one might be.

alizardinthegarden said...

Yum!! Your tart looks so good!! I think I may have to make that next!

Anonymous said...

Don't you love the smell of freshly picked basil? I haven't managed a garden at all this year, but I do have 2 basil plants. And we came home from Kentucky with some home-grown tomatoes from Mark and Angela's garden. So we keep fixing tomato, basil and cheese salads.
Wish we could make it to Vermont to see your garden.

onmywayhome said...

Oooooo, that tart looks deeee-lish!