Monday, March 1, 2010

last of the beautiful vegetables

I sowed these "Chef's Choice Blend" [REVISED 3-3-10: cauliflower--forgot to identify them Monday] seeds from Botanical Interests in early September, and although this heirloom variety doesn't seem to produce large heads, it sure produces pretty, tasty heads.



I harvested these yesterday and there are still three others not quite ready to harvest. My chard, kale, lettuces, parsley, oregano, sage, thyme, and a little bit of broccoli are still going strong.





Even though I only lightly steamed it, its vibrant colors really faded. But it tasted great with this shrimp with spicy Thai-inspired coconut sauce (chopped ginger, garlic, onion, jalapeno, carrot, salt, coriander, and lowfat coconut milk) topped with the cilantro Mostly Weeds blogger Ellie gave me. Thanks Ellie!

11 comments:

TexasDeb said...

Some people create art with paints - you do it with plants. If those are not the most gorgeous vegetables (again!), I'll eat my easel! (OK I don't have an easel, but I just had to go with the alliteration...)

Lancashire rose said...

I would say that is a darned good crop and such a pretty color too.

Leslie said...

They are very pretty. They would make a lovely raw broccoli salad too. You are such a talented gardener.

The Curious Holts said...

YUM!

Barbara said...

Morning, Yes I agree with TexasDeb, you do creat with plants. Beautiful veggies, my husband would be right over for your steamed veggies and shrimp.

I have a list of Texas bloggers to which I have added your name. Please come and visit and become a follower of this this lady with a 10 brown thumbs...Barbara

LindaCTG said...

Oh, just lovely! This inspires me to plan a spot for purple broccoli next year. Your recipe sounds like something I do: everything must include jalapenos and garlic.

Iris said...

TexasDeb--I sure have been lucky with growing pretty vegetables this season! Thank you and your alliteration.

Lancashire rose--Thank you! I'm very grateful.

Leslie--I'm going to eat the very last little harvest in some kind of raw salad. A teensy bit of talent and lots of luck--thank you.

The Curious Holts--It was really delicious, if I do say so myself!

Barbara--Thanks so much for adding me to your Texas bloggers list! I look forward to checking out your blog.

LindaCTG--I'm glad I'm not the only one who uses garlic and jalapeno in almost everything I cook. I use onions just as often and fresh ginger almost as often. Good thing they're all healthy ingredients, huh?

Andrea said...

HI i just came in following your comment. The recipe is my favorite as i usually put shrimp to my favorite broccolli. However, we only have access to the green variety, how i wish we have those beautiful colors too. Your photos make my tummy respond to it.

Other posts like the black pansy is also great. I am from the tropics so we dont have this plants growing here.

Iris said...

Andrea--Thanks for stopping by my blog! This is actually cauliflower, although it looks more like broccoli. I look forward to checking out your blog, too!

zoomletta said...

I agree with TexasDeb. You have a real talent for plants and garden color. Your broccoli is beautiful!

Must have this recipe!

Iris said...

zoomletta--Thank you! There's not really a recipe--made it up as I went along--but the main ingredients I used are listed right above that last photo.