We found a small spot located near our side fence and planted a few things: swiss chard, white onions and broccoli. Little Boy loved the planting process, however once the plants were in the ground they were soon forgotten. I’ll admit I forgot about the plants myself unless I happened to step outside to let the dog out.
When the plants were first planted several caterpillars were found nibbling on the chard and broccoli leaves. I did nothing to stop them from nibbling and was sure they would devour the plants. However, to my amazement the plants survived. They survived with caterpillars eating the leaves and with very little watering. Luckily for the plants winter is our rainy season so they were able to get a drink now and then.
A few weeks ago I noticed the broccoli was starting to flower and sure enough the heads began for form. Four weeks later we now have six heads of broccoli ready for harvest. The onions are still growing, but we have harvested two bunches of chard.
Today I thought I would celebrate our vegetable harvest by reposting a cooking blog I did a while ago. The recipe is for mashed potatoes and broccoli. I am serving it for dinner tonight. It’s very simple, but tastes good.
Lazy Cook – Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli
Tired of eating broccoli steamed with a little butter? Well, how about adding some potatoes and sour cream to liven it up? Today’s recipe is from the magazine, Real Simple. I am one of those people who loves broccoli, so this recipe is a winner for me. Wondering if my boys liked it? Old Boy had this to say, “Why did you have to ruin the mashed potatoes by adding broccoli?” Sorry son, but this recipe is good.
Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli
1 pound potatoes (peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces)
1/2 bunch finely chopped broccoli (3 cups)
1/4 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons softened butter
salt and pepper to taste
1. Steam broccoli and potatoes until very tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
2. Drain well and mash with 1/4 cup sour cream and 4 tablespoons butter.
3. Salt and pepper to taste.
Happy Cooking. At least one of us should be happy to be cooking.