Saturday, June 9, 2012

Church Potluck Picnic Dish from the Garden

Potato Salad for Church Picnic
Most of the ingredients for the above came from my garden.  Let's deconstruct:

Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes.  The flower stalk from hardneck garlic varieties.

Peas coming in.

Picking some sweet onions a little early.

I got the lettuce seeds from fellow MG Gary Ankney back in 2010.  Let a few plants go to seed after they bolt, and then save them for the following year and be sustainable.


Last of the asparagus for garnish.  I'll let the rest of the spears leaf out to provide energy for the roots for next year.

Herbs - Lovage, Cilantro, Parsley, and Thyme
Lovage is a perennial herb with a strong celery-like flavor.  Nice to have around to always be able to get that celery flavor, even if your refrigerator drawer comes up empty on the crunchy vegetable.  Here's a NY Times article with some recipes using lovage.

Chopped Herbs and Scapes

Dried Chilis from the Pantry

Let's kick it up a notch with some dried Thai Chilis from the pantry.

And some dried Penn State developed Zavory peppers and dried tomatoes from the 2011 season.

These were reconstituted in some boiling water, and added to the salad.

Reconstructed Final Salad
And voila, with the last of the radishes on top as a garnish.  Hope my fellow congregants enjoy the result tomorrow.

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