No harvests were had this week. I did however eat a lot from the stores. From applesauce to relish to frozen chard. However the theme this week was, with out a doubt, beans.
Above are the tiger eye beans that Dan sent me last year. It was the first time tasting them. And sadly the last as I finished them up. They lost their beauty with cooking. They reminded me most of kidney beans in a way, but they were much softer. The skin wasn't very noticeable and inside had a very creamy texture. Much creamier than any other bean I've had. Too bad this one isn't a pole bean. I made a very yummy ham soup out of all of it.
The next bean treat was chili. This time I planned ahead and used my own beans. The black beans are Trail of Tears. I got these seeds a couple of years ago from the Ottawa Gardener. I've been growing them and handing out seeds to my blogging friends ever since. They are so prolific. The others are an early kidney from Fedco.
While I made the chili my stove tried to kill me again. I thought we had come to an understanding. I hadn't burnt myself on it in months. I'd learned the way of the gas stove over time. I guess since it couldn't burn me anymore, it would try to blow me up. Or suffocate me. Hard to tell what it was going for. But I was making the aforementioned chili above. The bean boiled over. I turned the stove down so it was just simmering and went about my business. A while later I smelled gas. I checked the stove and the burner was off. Or rather the flame was off but the burner was still turned on. Well luckily it was a nice day out or at least 45F which wasn't freezing. I turned off the stove. Turned off the furnace. Threw open all the windows. Once the gas had dissipated, which I might point out had gotten all the way to the attic room, I gave my stove a good talking to and turned it on again and finished my chili. Now I've learned one more thing about the stove. If it boils over, check the flame. I've boiled over so many things in the last 9 months and this had never happened, but now I know it can.
I hope your Harvest Monday is less exciting than mine. And happy spring to all of you in the north.
Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest you want to show off, add your name and link to Mr Linky below.