Harvest Monday on Tuesday, 10-20-2010

I didn’t think I was going to have a harvest this week other than a green onion, but then I ended up raiding the garden for dinner on Sunday. We had Mussels Mariere with linguine and heirloom tomato salad. The lemon and parsley went into the mussel dish and the basil went into the tomato salad.

Linguine with locally aquafarmed mussels, bread, and heirloom tomato salad made a dinner.

The mussels were locally aquafarmed in Carlsbad, CA, and were terrific. I sauteed some torpedo red onion (1/4 C) and homegrown garlic (3 cloves) in olive oil and butter in a heavy skillet, then added 12 mussels, a cup of pinot grigio wine and zest and juice of a lemon (my first Eureka lemon of the season). I covered the pan and simmered the mussels for 4 minutes until they opened. I added chopped parsley and poured the mussels and broth over fresh linguine in a bowl. The bread was used as a sop for the broth. Heavenly!

FRUIT

4 oz. Lemon, Eureka

VEGETABLES

1.5 oz. Green Onion

1 lb 8.5 oz. Tomatoes

1 oz. Parsley and Basil

TOTAL PRODUCE 1 lb 15 oz plus 3 eggs

Oh my, we’re certainly winding down on harvest season. Even the chickens have quit laying. Visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others are harvesting.

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I am retired from writing a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent, but I am still teaching at the Orange County Conservation Corps. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks.
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6 Responses to Harvest Monday on Tuesday, 10-20-2010

  1. Daphne Gould says:

    That sounds delicious. I love mussels though I rarely eat them. Usually only when I go out.

  2. mac says:

    The linguine looks good, where did you buy the aquafarmed mussels? I’ll be going home to OC next month, maybe I can cook some for din din.

  3. Cathie says:

    Glad you liked the mussels! I am a bit mussel picky (loved them in Long Island and Holland, not so much here.) I saw them on the WF tour and was hoping someone else would try them first.
    Looks great!

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