First Harvests


I picked a small bowl of blackberries from our yard today. They were quickly devoured:


For lunch we had spaghetti with olive oil, garlic, parmesan, a fresh tomato, a handful of pine nuts, and some basil from our garden. Imagine me kissing my fingertips here: it was mmmm-mwah!


We also harvested the first zucchini from the garden this week. One of them was normal-sized, and I cooked it in a pot of black beans and rice. But the other was monstrous, bigger than a man’s forearm, and that one I hollowed out last night and stuffed with brown rice, sausage, tomato, and cheese, then roasted in the oven until it was soft and beginning to brown. It was delicious. Even Robin, who is in a strong anti-vegetable phase right now, ate some and said it was good.

There are more mondo zucchini lurking under the leaves. I see them, but they’re still pallid and unripe. It’s possible that they’re actually squash. The squash and zucchini have grown so thickly together that I can’t really tell where one vine ends and the other begins. Meanwhile the tomatoes are still green, but I am casting covetous eyes at them every day.

4 Responses to “First Harvests”

  • Dom Camus Says:

    If I understand correctly, the vegetable called “zucchini” in the US is what we call “courgette”. If so, your mega-zucchini aren’t weird at all. In fact, you can buy even larger ones in the supermarkets here. We call them “marrows” and they’re just what happens if you let courgettes grow to full size.

    These are a favourite vegetable of ours. Your recipe sounds delicious and we sometimes do stuff a bit like that, but my usual plan is to stuff them with lamb mince, garlic, cumin and cream cheese. 🙂

    • shannon Says:

      Oh my goodness! That sounds wonderful, I’m going to try it!

      And yes, zucchini and courgettes are the same thing — though I’d never heard the word “marrows” and am very happy to learn it!

  • Pei Says:

    What a lovely garden you have! I love how Davy is showing off the berries.

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