Saturday, November 12, 2011

Last Harvest (maybe)

The weather was predicting lows in the low 30's for last Thursday night, with possible frost -- preceded by  cold and rain on Wednesday and Thursday.  So on Tuesday, while it was sunny and in the 60's I got out in the garden to harvest out all the remaining things that could be harvested:  green tomatoes, malabar spinach, some tiny eggplants, a few okras, etc.

I believe I'll be making up a batch of Green Tomato Chutney and Green Tomato Picalilli this weekend!  And of course some fried green tomatoes.  The figs are really good stuffed with a bit of goat cheese, then wrapped with partially cooked bacon secured with a toothpick, run under the broiler for just a little while, served with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar/sugar that's been reduced.  The jalapeños and the okra will go into the freezer as is (no blanching or anything).  I'll use the okra in the winter in jambalaya and gumbo.  The jalapeños from the freezer can be used whenever a recipe calls for hot peppers or chiles.

I used most of the malabar spinach in a recipe from Rindy Mae, a southern dressing made with cornbread stuffing, sweet potatoes, and greens, served with Ruby Chicken -- chicken cooked with a cranberry sauce that makes the most delicious gravy.  It was slap yo' mama AND yo' pappy good!

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