New food of the week - Samphire

When I was in England last week, I had a vegetable that was new to me - Samphire.  It was served in a restaurant to accompany some fish.

I don't recall ever eating before.  It is an edible wild plant found on the coast of England and some areas of Europe.  It is now also cultivated in some areas of Britain where it grows in a light rich soil.  The removal of the wild plants is now considered illegal in UK, but harvesting is permitted.

It is a little crispy and goes well with fish, as it has a taste of the sea. It looks a little like skinny small asparagus.

It can be used raw, but the one I tasted was steamed.  It was a lovely bright green color.  Use the stems and leaves - not roots and don't add salt as it is already salty.

I liked it. Not something I'd have all the time, but it definitely did go well with fish and had a different texture.

Have you ever tried it?

I love the fall

Along with our grape harvest, we are harvesting other fruits and vegetables every day too.  Here is what we've picked this week:

Cherry tomatoes by the ton!

Godello grapes, rescued before stomping began!

John's prize home grown watermelon!

My favorite fruit - fresh green figs with jammy red centers!

I just love this time of year!

We still have apples and pears in the fridge, lots of quince on the tree and veggies on their way.....

What are you harvesting or enjoying in season right now?

Zucchini chips

Oh goodie - a delivery coming my way... I wonder what is inside the truck?

Slow down, let me see....

Ah - yummy zucchini chips.  I see there aren't many in there.  Obviously lots of other people have been eating them as they are so good for you!

They are dehydrated zucchini - or courgettes for the Brits reading this.  Just slice the zucchini to about 1/8 inch thick - you can do it in rounds or ovals and then put in the dehydrator at 125 degrees for about 5 hours. They come out crisp and tasty.  All the goodness and enzymes are still in the zucchini as the dehydration doesn't denature them as the temperature is low.

This is definitely my favorite way of eating zucchini.  Hope you'll give it a try.

Wonder when the truck will return with more???

PS the little truck is a wonderful way to serve nibbles, as you get to wheel it around to everyone! Get creative in how you serve your food and then if it's something new, people will be more intrigued to try it.

A blank canvas

Here is my new blank canvas - actually, three blank canvases!

But what am I to plant in my new raised veggie beds?  So many yummy veggies to chose from.....which are your favorites?