Starting from this week, instead of cutting big stems from our rainbow chards for the kitchen, we harvested the whole plant. We are coming closer to spring and many of our vegetables are showing the sign of entering the next phase to reproduce which is flower and later on producing seeds. Italian sprouting broccoli plants are producing many side-shoots and enough for at least 2 meal portions weekly. A few precious tomatoes ripening in this end winter season to harvest. Cut some herbs such as dill and Chinese celery for cooking. We also harvested the last potato plants (sebago, pink-fir eye) that were planted last fall. Lettuces are also available to pick any time from the garden.
We pull out the last Afghanistan carrots that were growing on the veggie patch. Leaving a few big carrots to flower to collect seeds later. One of the carrots have already starting to bloom and I am excited because this will be the first time I am collecting carrot seeds. I have already direct-sowed beetroot seeds on that spot that were growing that carrots last weekend. Next carrot harvest, we have to rely with the ones growing in containers. Carrots and potatoes seems to be never enough for us. So this month we prioritise empty veggie patch corner or containers for sowing carrot seeds and potatoes. Our komatsuna and tatsoi greens are producing flower buds so we had a rush harvest. Other vegetables that were harvested last week was snow peas, yellow cherry tomatoes and spring onions.
Our major saving for this week for our kitchen cost is actually blue-swimmer crab.
I had a break from the garden last weekend.
We all went for a long weekend fishing trip.
Fishing trip but we caught no fish.
However, we were pretty happy with the numbers of crabs that were caught.
We caught more than 30 crabs.
In summer when crab is in season it cost AUD13.00perkilogram (cheapest).
It is winter and crabs are not in season.
Usually 2 big crabs are almost a kilogram.
We saved at least total AUD200 this week for the kitchen cost, thanks to gardening and crabbing.
My favourite to prepare crab is Chilli crab.
Any other suggestion will be most appreciated (you can even paste the recipe link).
My family also caught a few squids.
The gardener got to rest this week.
When the others went fishing out in the cold winter night at the jetty, I snuggled with my boys in the cabin.