In summer the daily menu is driven by the harvest basket. I love the way the food goes from standing in the field to gracing the plate in minutes!
Yesterday’s harvest basket looked like this
There are two nice heads of broccoli, some overly plump scallions that have in fact crossed over into spring onion status, and red leaf lettuce. I love broccoli. For many years each broccoli harvest was celebrated by having a massive feast of tempura broccoli. That is not on the menu these days however. Since I was dining alone today I thought I’d keep it really simple. We have a local place that makes awesome crab cakes with essentially zero breading, and man are they easy…freezer to pan to plate in 12 minutes. Now I’m a flavor person….and while fresh from the ground broccoli does indeed have its own flavor, I was looking for something with a little more punch. Garlic scape pesto fit that bill. With each harvest of all those curlicue scapes comes a delicious (if not so attractive in the container) pesto of garlicky goodness. A spoonful can change a dish from boring to bold in one stir.
What’s on the menu at your place? I love hearing how the bounty of your gardens and farmers market finds make their way to you plate also!!