It’s a remarkable experience eating something you grow yourself. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it.
I grow vegetables on a small-scale, and suffer the same garden failures we all do: pests, frost, heatwaves, drought. It’s a wonder anything gets on the table.
It’s human nature to persevere, however, and when success follows…wow!
We ate fresh broccoli from the garden today. Six beautifully formed plants, six perfect heads of broccoli. Those remarkable greens moved from garden to kitchen to table in under an hour. Broccoli never tasted so sweet.
Cream of the Broccoli Crop
Broccoli Fresh from the Plant
Basket of Freshly Picked Broccoli
Broccoli sautéed in Garlic and Olive Oil
My Husband’s Recipe
- Two heads of broccoli
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- dash of lemon juice
- handful of slivered almonds
Heat oil on medium. Add garlic and broccoli; salt and pepper to taste
Cover for 2 to 5 minutes or until broccoli is tender
Add a dash of lemon juice and a handful of slivered almonds
Cover and cook for one more minute.
What do you think? Catchy song title, eh?
Okay, I’ll stick to growing instead. I’m happy to report that the broccoli is doing well, growing and showing signs of decent production. I snapped off one large leaf with a cluster of pests (yuck), but the plants look healthy. The leaves are a nice, dark green and small heads are forming on all six plants.
I grew broccoli last year, but it bolted early. I managed just a few small heads. Since the cauliflower is looking worse by the day, I’ve set my sights on the great green veg.
I enjoy eating broccoli in a number of ways:
- Steamed till tender but still crunchy,
- sautéed with almonds (my husbands yummy recipe),
- and blended in soup
It’s hard not to feel virtuous when munching on this cruciferous darling
Broccoli contains more vitamin C than oranges, ounce for ounce. It has a much calcium as a glass of milk, and contains folate, important for the production and maintenance of new cells. It’s an excellent source of iron as well as fiber.
It will be an excellent source of pride as well, if I can get past these next few weeks. Fingers crossed for cooperative weather, and a pest-free, bolt-free crop.