No, it isn't the "new" name of my blog
It's about Friday
And the garden
And the kitchen
in the garden . . .
|Crocus patch 2012|
The saffron has multiplied and it is probably the prettiest that it's ever been.
(But this year it was the prettiest spring we've ever had as well)
|Crocus Patch 2008|
As you can see from 2008, the 2012 saffron is much thicker and prettier!
|I don't have 4000 of the plants, so I won't be harvesting a pound of saffron|
And you can see the little strands of saffron
|But have enough blooming this year that I should have a nice harvest that will last me until this time next year!|
That are worth their weight in "gold"
We'll enjoy saffron flavored baked goods and stews and such this winter.
The crocus were planted ages ago.
And they've bloomed faithfully every year, although never as thick as this year.
I must admit in the summer I forget about them and then in October,
when nothing else is blooming in the herb garden,
these little guys appear.
And brighten all of our fall days.
And in the kitchen . . .
|Although we ate fresh sprouts growing up, I never knew they grew like this|
On the stem as harvested from the garden
|One stalk produces MANY sprouts -- way too many for one meal for the two of us.|
Not my garden, however,
nor one of the Farmer's Market gardens
but from Trader Joe's garden!
We had them for dinner tonight . . .
Roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper, and then when done, sprinkled with a good Balsamic vinegar and a handful of dried cranberries thrown in and returned to the oven just long enough
|Sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables|
It was a great side dish with our oven fried chicken.
Roasted is really our favorite way with sprouts.
Our second favorite is sautéed with olive oil and a bit of bacon and a splash of Balsamic vinegar.
Tomorrow is my great nephew's 5th birthday party
Sunday I'll be busy planting bulbs -- it is after all WAY PAST the middle of October
and I've got a bag of daffodils just waiting to get in the ground
for spring bloom next year!