Both of us have birthdays in September. Sometime after I met my wife, I wanted to make a dish just for her as a “special occasion” kind of thing. So I invited “Crepes _insertnamehere_”. I can’t improve on Julia Child’s crepes recipe, so I use that to make the crepes. The stuffing consists of ricotta cheese, grated romano, shredded gruyere, peppadew peppers, carmelized onions, fresh chopped red or orange bell peppers, dill, and black pepper. Put the stuffed crepes in a casserole dish, sprinkle with a bit more cheese and some sweet paprika, and warm in the oven. I only make this recipe for her, and only on special days for her. We had them this morning, since this is her birthday week. I’ve always gotten the impression that she likes having a dish named after her as much as she likes the dish!
It’s after Labor Day and the weather is finally changing, thank goodness. Though the rains lately have been amazingly hard, dumping more water in a shorter time than I would normally expect. On Monday afternoon a storm came through and we got about 1 & 3/4″ rain. This was on top of the 1/2-inch we got last Sunday night (which fully filled the rain barrels). Don’t have to worry about irrigating *this* week. Unfortunately the hard rains weren’t kind to our newly transplanted lettuce starts and other smaller plants. Then on Thursday we got 2″ of rain in a hour, obliterating half of our lettuce starts. And the beet sprouts aren’t looking any too happy either.
Harvests this week sounds like a broken record and are: Green beans, field peas, and butter beans, the very last tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, basil (made pesto for freezing in muffin tins), 1 small volunteer carrot, cucumbers!, lettuces!, cilantro (which went into a fresh salsa made with the last tomatoes). More canning, more freezing.
We seeded beets in one of the front yard small square boxes where melons had been removed. Seeded radishes along the edge of 2 boxes where there was room for a row of radishes. Seeded cilantro in the area where the two cabbage transplants didn’t make it. On Monday we removed the last charentais melon vine (after cutting the small melon) and seeded carrots in the box. We also transplanted out the head lettuces we had started in the basement. (me again – she has the very best green thumb for growing lettuces – I grew up in NC and if you’d *ever* told me we could grow lettuces like she does – well I’d have laughed). The seed starting setup is now on hiatus until January, when it all starts again. We also seeded more head lettuce since we had room in the box and in a different box we seeded mache & leaf lettuces.
Weeded the herb bed, and took stock of it. The now over 6′ tall lemongrass plant needs to be moved to the very end edge of the box. The oregano grows faster and hardier than the thyme or the french tarragon – it needs to be moved next to the lemongrass plant, and then ruthlessly cut back regularly next year. The rosemary is great at the other end. We’ll keep seeding dill in the same place until it begins to thoroughly reseed itself. The thyme and the tarragon will probably need to be planted with new transplants in the spring. We have a lavender plant that is decently happy, and I finally pulled up all the horseradish – it just never would make a decent root.
The 4 little charentais melons yielded 1 serving of melon. Like the watermelons it wasn’t the best I’ve ever had (nor the worst) – since we grew it, we eating it!
Yesterday we removed the last of the tomatoes, the haricot vert, and the disappointing tomatillos. The tomatillos didn’t do much this year – we had enough of a harvest to make a couple of pints of salsa verde a couple of months ago, and then nothing. I suspect the main problem was the the box they were planted in is less than full sun. The only thing more disappointing this year were the eggplants, which have yielded all of 2 small sad looking fruits.
Radishes sprouting along with tomatoes and a squash or two. It’s amazing how the worm compost always yields lots of sprouting tomatoes and squash. It’s a bit of a pain because we have to treat them as weeds and pull them.
Fall asparagus spear. I’ve seen a few of these. Also note the berries on the supposedly all-male plants.
Rain battered lettuce.