Harvest Monday, April 7, 2014 – I’m Back + Leeks & Parsnips Harvest

I’m back, well temporary. Will be offline again when the kitchen and roof repair jobs start, hopefully soon.

By the middle of March all the snow and ice from the roof finally melted. Towards the end of March, the insurance adjuster came to inspect the external and internal damages. A week later his report arrived. The contractor is now looking over the report and need to contact the adjuster to clarify certain details. The contractor also needs to apply for the required permits from the town and to fit me in with his schedule. Waiting and more waiting. It is going to be a while before work starts.

If I knew the project was going to drag out for so long, I would not have emptied my kitchen cabinets. Meals making has been a challenge for the past few weeks and will be for many more.

As if I needed more stress, I have been down with a horrible case of bronchitis for the past 3 weeks. Still coughing, but at least I am now spending more time in a vertical position than a horizontal one.

There are, however, silver linings.
I lost 10 pounds. Will these pounds stay away once I regain my appetite? Going to be a challenge.
Being inactive for 3 weeks, my left shoulder (got hurt while I was emptying my kitchen cabinets) got some rest and is pretty much back to normal. I can now move my left arm freely but must be careful when lifting.

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Was having a “feeling better” day on Saturday and took a walk in my veggie garden. Not a good idea as it was very windy. My cough is now worse even though I stayed out only long enough to harvest a few leeks and parsnip. Hopefully I will improve in a few days.

Leeks (06317)


The above leeks were from my 5/21/13 transplant. Left in the garden to over winter and harvest as need (mulched heavily with leaves before the ground froze). Given the severe winter, I did not think they would survive, but as you can see from the above photo they not only survived they look good (a bit on the skinny side though).

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Parsnips (06318)


Parsnips were direct sown on 5/10/13. Like the leeks, I left some to overwinter in the garden (also mulched heavily with leaves). Aren’t they the best looking parsnips!

Making soup with both the leeks and parsnips together with carrots and celeriac in storage.

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Check out the photo below, it says S-P-R-I-N-G!

Daffodils (06314)

Look at all the buds, will be putting on a gorgeous display soon.

The clump is getting overcrowded, need to divide this year.

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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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69 Responses to Harvest Monday, April 7, 2014 – I’m Back + Leeks & Parsnips Harvest

  1. hotlyspiced says:

    So good to have you back, Norma. Sorry to hear about your bronchitis but the upside is definitely the weight loss. Your parsnips look gorgeous and so much better than the ones I see here in the stores xx

  2. Cheryl Hearty says:

    Hope the repairs go smoothly and you feel better soon!

  3. Glad you are back and hope your work in the house goes well. I’ll be heading to the farm soon and anticipate harvesting lettuce in the hoop house. Just looked at my horseradish left in the garden over the winter. I must get up the courage to pull it soon!!!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Wishfulthinking,
      I am glad to be back, yep, I hope the house repairs go well, it’s being stressful. Cool that you are harvesting lettuce, I need to start my seeds as soon as I get my energy back.

  4. shaheen says:

    Welcome back. Your parsnips look good. My neighbours have parsnips in their garden and they haven’t yet harvested them, I wish they would as it would go to waste and rot in the ground.

  5. Jenny says:

    Very nice parsnips and leeks! Glad to see you’re feeling better.

  6. Nancy Wu says:

    I hope that you will feel better soon! Your leeks and parsnips are beautiful! I will plan on planting some to overwinter as well although this is way too early to think about winter. Good luck with your roof repair!

  7. Yikes! I hope your house is all fixed up, very soon.

    When we were restoring our 1940s kitchen, we had to move all of our pantry goods into the dining room. But of course, we were still cooking. It was pretty chaotic.

  8. Pat says:

    Hi Norma!
    Hope this note finds you feeling better. It was very windy on Saturday. I gave up bagging leaves after I filled one bag. Back out there today with Burt trying to put a dent into cleaning up all those oak leaves that fall so late in the season…filled 8 leaf bags! I cleaned the leaves off the rhubarb at Locust Grove last week. Spring is here. Take care. Hope to see you soon.

  9. daphnegould says:

    House repairs like that always take way too long. And sorry you are sick. I hope you get better soon. Your leeks look great though. I hope the soup helps.

  10. So sorry to hear about your illness ( be careful that it doesn’t progress to pneumonia), injured shoulder and home repair/renovation delays. Those were some very nice leeks and parsnips, and the daffodil buds promise that it will be spring soon. Best wishes for a speedy resolution to all of your issues.

  11. How nice to see you update the blog again, Norma. Sorry to hear that you are under the weather, hope you get well very soon.
    Happy Spring!

  12. Glad to see you back and in good spirits despite of all the hardships. Springs is indeed in the air and it’s about time! 🙂

  13. Those parsnips look mighty! I hope your cough improves and that the repairs go smoothly.

  14. cocomino says:

    Welcome back. I hope that a great harvest this year. 😀

  15. Eva Taylor says:

    Welcome back my friend, I’m so sorry you’ve had such challenges. I am hoping that your light at the end of the tunnel is fast approaching. Yes indeed, I do like silver linings like that, congrats on your weight loss. Your leeks and parsnips are beautiful, I love roasting them in the oven, so tasty. We have not even had a poke from our bulbs as yet, everything is too frightened to poke up through the frozen earth…hopefully soon. In the meantime, I shall just come back to your photo and dream.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eva,
      Thanks, good to be back. I was not been practical when I expected things to go as I had wished (was not living in the real world). All will eventually get back to normal and all the challenges will be forgotten.
      Have you seen the special exhibit “The Forbidden City” at the ROM?
      I will roast the rest of the parsnips when I bring them in from the garden.

  16. Karen says:

    I’ve thought about you so often but didn’t realize things had gotten worse rather than better. At least your snow is gone, most of ours has melted from heavy rains. It will be a winter must of us won’t forget. Hopefully, each day finds you in better health and spirit. Your parsnips had to be extra sweet from being overwintered. It looks like you will have beautiful flowers soon…they will be like a nice ray of sunshine in your life.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Karen,
      I am so looking forward to a stretch of nice weather, had a few nice warm days intermingled with cold windy and wet ones. Yes, the daffodils are going to put on quite a display, definitely a nice ray of sunshine in my life. Thanks.

  17. How lovely to have you back Norma. So sorry to hear you have been so sick – not fun. I am sure it was brought on by the stress of your renovations. At least you will have your lovely garden as a sanctuary.
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Mandy,
      Thanks, I am very glad to be back. Yes, the stress from the renovations contributed to my illness. Waiting for the weather to settle down so that I can get out to my garden.

  18. Hi Norma! Sorry to hear you have Bronchitis – if I lived near you, I would drop off a big pot of soup!! Hope you feel better soon!

  19. I hope you feel better! One heck of a way to lose weight! Your flowers are popping up nicely!

  20. I have to buy leeks soon. I hope the ones I find are as great looking as yours!

  21. mac says:

    Welcome back, love leeks, it’s such a carefree veg. Hope you kitchen is back to working order soon.

  22. ChgoJohn says:

    Sorry to learn of your recent troubles, Norma. Do take care. Bronchitis is nothing to take lightly. It is bad enough when one’s home is damaged. Having to deal with the repairs and all they entail — permits, contractors, inspections — makes it so much worse. I hope they can get started on it quickly so that things can get back to normal for you. Good to see that your leeks and parsnips survived the Winter. What a great soup they’ll make!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello John,
      Could be worse, doctor thought I had pneumonia and sent me for chest x-ray and blood test, all negative, a good thing. Prescribed a cough med and I had a bad reaction. Just have to be patient and let the problem run its course. Same with the repairs.

  23. I wondered how you were getting along. What I didn’t know was how sick you’ve been and that you hurt your arm. What a winter you’ve had. Now that spring has sprung maybe the contractor and the adjuster and the scheduling will have you back in your kitchen in no time at all.

    So good to see you!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Maureen,
      It sure is a winter to remember. I am so looking forward to putting my kitchen back to order so that I can find my spices, sauces, pots and pans etc.

  24. Juliana says:

    So good to see you back Norma, and glad to know that you are feeling much better.
    I love to see your the harvesting…and it seems that the daffodils will be blooming really soon.
    Have a beautiful week 😀

  25. Hello Norma, glad to see you back but saddened to learn you have not been well at all. Take it easy, stay out of your beloved garden (and how I like the look of your leeks and parsnips 🙂 look at your gorgeous clump of daffodils – they no doubt will cheer you up a bit, too. Get well soon, just don’t fret too much. Carina

  26. wok with ray says:

    That is really a hassle dealing with house damage and I am sorry that you are going through that Norma. I hope things get better and I’m sure it will. Take care Norma. 🙂

  27. Sophie33 says:

    I hope you feel better soon! 😊 This harvest is pretty cool though! Yum Yum ! Good Luck with the renovations! 💐

  28. Those change of weather illnesses can really take a long time to clear out the dampness in your body. I am hoping your feeling up to making yourself some nourishing Chinese soups. Beautiful harvest but take care of yourself and rest….

  29. Oh, Norma, you will have the most sensational daffodil display.. I’m green with envy! If I tried to create this in my garden, do you plant bulbs in any special formation? Also if I’m successful, once they bloom, what do you do with them for the rest of the summer months? Is there something you plant around them or do the leaves stay nice and green? I’d love to try this! Also, I’m so glad you are getting your kitchen done.. fingers crossed it will be soon!

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  31. So glad you are back, Norma, and those are some very healthy looking parsnips! I’m sorry this has dragged out so long for you. We had a similar experience and I guess that’s just the way it is with insurance companies. Sometimes I think they want to wear you down. Hope your bronchitis is much improved.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Betsy,
      I am glad to be back. Yes, the house repairs have dragged, I remember your experience with your damages and repairs and I believe it took quite a while before you had your house back to normal. I am feeling a lot better, not completely but getting there, thanks.

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