Still not much action in the garden as yet. Transplanted the hardened off broccoli, Swiss chard, kohlrabi, lettuce and collard green. Was hoping to sow my carrots and beets seeds may be this week.
There will surely be a flurry of activities in the garden the next 2 weeks trying to catch up.
Did harvest the overwintered leeks and parsnips, also harvested some garlic green. Shall continue to harvest (thin out) the garlic green as needed. The season is very short so I am enjoying every bite.
Top: Overwintered Leeks
Bottom: Garlic Greens
After cleaning the leeks got quite skinny, the garlic greens were nice and plump
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Used the garlic green in a stir-fry (Sorry no recipe, and really no recipe is needed for this stir-fry, just do your own thing.)
Pork, Tofu & Garlic Green Stir-fry
For a vegetarian version omit the pork and use all tofu
Still without a fully functional kitchen so I just used whatever sauce and seasoning I could easily locate. Also kept it simple to allow the delicate garlic green flavor to shine.
Resulting dish was good but when I make it again I would add more, a lot more, garlic greens.
Here is what I did:
∗ Thinly sliced (across the grain) lean pork (beef, chicken, veal and lamb can be substituted) tossed with soy sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch and ginger
∗ Sliced tofu (had some in the fridge, use all tofu for a vegetarian dish)
∗ Sliced garlic green on the bias, white and green parts
∗ A few carrot slices for color (optional)
1. Heat a tablespoon of oil in wok/frying pan, add pork and stir-fry until just cooked. Remove to clean plate.
2. Add tofu and a bit of salt (additional oil if needed), stir-fry until tofu is heated through, remove and add to pork.
3. Add garlic green and carrot (additional oil if needed), stir-fry until garlic greens turn bright green.
4. Stir in pork and tofu. Add broth for gravy. Bring to a boil, adjust taste. Serve. (Needed salt, had shiro (white) miso in the fridge, added 1 tablespoon instead of salt.)
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Asian Pear Flowers
May not get any pears this year as I had to cut down the other Asian pear tree. The result is this remaining tree does not have a pollinator.
However, some Asian pears are self-fertile and I am hoping mine is, or perhaps it is partially self-fertile and I will get 15% of the possible crop yield and that would be OK with me as this tree has been a heavy producer and needed to be thinned to get good size fruits. A very, very tedious job.
Asian Pear Flowers
Wondering how many of the flower will set fruits?????
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