Harvest Monday, January 27, 2014 – Last of My 2013 Harvest From the Fridge + 5 Most Viewed Post in 2013

This is it!
The last of the 2013 harvest from my garden that were stored in the fridge.

Napa cabbage & red cabbage (06182)

Napa Cabbage & Red Cabbage
Harvested the napa cabbage mid-November, 2013
(Click here to learn about storing cabbage)
Harvested the red cabbage late summer

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Chopped the napa cabbage into bite-sized pieces and all went into a pot of soup. This is what I did:

Thawed a container of broth from the freezer. Put the broth, some meatballs (also from the freezer) and napa into a pot, brought to a boil, once meatballs were heated through added some cubed tofu, scallion, sesame oil and a few drops of chili oil.

This last bit of napa, what I call the heart of the napa cabbage, was, oh, sooooo sweet.

It was a definitely a soup week, no if’s or but’s. Snow, gusty wind, frigid temp, had it all this past week.

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Cut the red cabbage into thin slices, stir-fried in a bit of oil, onion, garlic, salt and pepper (to taste) until crisp tender (about 2 minutes), stirred in 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (to change the color from an unappetizing blue/purple to a delicious red) and 1 teaspoon honey. Served as a side with baked chicken.

Cabbage collageweblarge copy

Red cabbage
Left photo: cooked without vinegar
Right photo: cooked with apple cider vinegar added

Adding vinegar (lemon juice and apple will work also) turns the blue/purple color of the cooked cabbage to red because of pH changes.

Came across this site that explains the reason better than I ever could and think you will find interesting especially if you have young children.

Oh what fun it is to have a science lab in the kitchen.

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Chicory (radicchio)

Chicory (Radicchio)
Harvested the chicories (radicchios) late October, 2013

The 3 chicories (radicchio) in the photo above are actually quite small and were used together in a salad for one meal.

The chicories were stored in the same manner as the napa cabbage. Take a close look at the stem of the chicory in the middle, you can see how I kept using the outer leaves as needed and now I have just of the center of all 3. Can you imagine how tender these centers were!!!!!

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Was with a group of friends and learned they follow by blog. During the conversation I was asked which are my most viewed posts. I had no answer because I simply did not know. Then I remembered an e-mail I received from WordPress dated 12/31/13 that is still (in my inbox) waiting for me to read (yes, I have a bad habit of not clearing my e-mails daily and then they get forgotten).

It was an Annual Report and I was pleasantly surprised to learn the following:

That the 5 posts that got the most views in 2013 were:
1 Sweet Potato Noodles 
2 Harvest Monday, January 16, 2012 – Growing Mung Beans Sprouts
3 Fresh Bamboo Shoots
4 Cabbages (Brassica oleracea)
5 Growing Sweet Potato Slips – Update

That visitors came from 157 countries.
Most visitors came from the United States, followed by Australia and Canada.

So if I am asked that question again I will now have an answer (provided I can remember the above).

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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46 Responses to Harvest Monday, January 27, 2014 – Last of My 2013 Harvest From the Fridge + 5 Most Viewed Post in 2013

  1. Your soup sounds fantastic Norma. All I am harvesting is herbs. Not sure you even say harvesting when it comes to herbs.
    I have “filed” my email from WordPress. Think I shall go have a look at what my stats where.
    Have a super week ahead.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  2. Karen says:

    Isn’t it wonderful that you have found a good way to properly store items from your garden. I had to laugh at your statement about having a science lab in your kitchen…I told you you should have been a scientist. 🙂

  3. I had to go and look at my top five as well because I didn’t know what were the most liked posts I had. I envy your ability to use every single thing from your garden and it all looks and tastes so good.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Maureen,
      It is a real treat to be eating fresh veggies from the garden in January in NY, unfortunately that was the last. Will need to visit the food market or fresh produce for now until new crops come in.

  4. I’ve been in a soup mood lately also. It’s the weather.
    You can look at your stats any time. From the Dashboard, on the left side-bar, click on Site Stats (its near the top). On the site stats page, on the right, find Top Posts & Pages and click on Summaries. On Summaries you can select from several time spans. My top post is Growing Sweet Potatoes How to Start Your Own Slips followed by A Pole Bean Teepee and Growing Cipollini Onions. I never expected Cipollini onions to be a favorite.

  5. A wonderful winter harvest, Norma. We eat lots of Chinese cabbages and the home grown must have tasted so much sweeter and better.

  6. Michelle says:

    It is amazing how well cabbages keep in the fridge, I’ve got one in my fridge at the moment also. The soups sound delicious.

  7. Stoney Acres says:

    I love eating from the garden this time of year!! That soup sounds fantastic!!

  8. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Lovely-sounding soup Norma. You had me at meatballs. Great link to the science website too – can’t wait to show my eldest when he eventually wakes up! Off to check out your most-visited posts now.

  9. This soup looks so warming and delicious, and I adore cabbages, especially fresh 😀


  10. Hotly Spiced says:

    I’ve heard you’re having a very cold time of it over there in NY. I can imagine that warming soups would make the best option when it comes to finding something to help you thaw out. I’ve added apple cider vinegar to red cabbage too and always liked how it turned it a very vibrant colour but had no idea why – I was never good at science! xx

  11. Dave says:

    Your soup sounds lovely. It’s been soup weather here too. I used the last of our fall carrots today, roasted with some cumin and garlic. I still have a few turnips and kohlrabi in the frig from last fall.

    I should look at my top 5 posts from WordPress. You have so many informative posts, you should list the top ten!

  12. Eva Taylor says:

    I made Italian Wedding soup the other week, it’s such a coincidence that we both made soups with meat balls. Your cabbage looks beautiful for sure. Thanks for all your tips Norma, always appreciated.

  13. ahh, soup is perfect this time of year, and so rewarding to make it with ingredients from your garden. That red cabbage is beautiful!

  14. You have one devoted follower in HK, I am sure that I mess up those statistics. Lovely cabbages and great ways to serve them up. I have been craving some chicory lately and this is the best time of the year to make a really big salad with it. However, mine won’t be as good as yours that is fresh from your garden.

  15. daphnegould says:

    Cabbage soup is so delicious. And I envy you your fresh cabbage. I have one little tiny cabbage left I think. I miss the Chinese cabbage though as I used mine up a long time ago.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Daphne,
      Am going to try and grow more fall cabbages, the problem with a small garden is that it is difficult to find space at the precise time it is needed no matter how well I plan.

  16. Barbie says:

    It’s amazing how well the cabbages hold. Stay warm!

  17. LOVE the color of that red cabbage!

  18. That red cabbage is wonderful – it’s been years since we grew any! Your garden is so productive, Norma! xx

  19. Yay for sweet potatoes!!!

  20. Wow, you’ve done a great job with your garden!!!
    i guess you cook the last napa cabbage harvest intoperfection….

  21. Kristy says:

    I’m amazed at how you harvest through the winter. Someday I would love to have as bountiful of a garden as you Norma. It’s a goal I have for someday and you are quite the inspiration!

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