Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Ukrainian Harvest

I call this haul from the garden the Ukrainian Harvest because it is my Ukrainian husband's favorite of the year. Garlic and potatoes.
One thing is for sure, I did not plant enough garlic last year. That little basket plus the few bulbs that we took inside were all that we had. I will be planting triple that amount this year (and if I can find the space I might plant even more than that!). This variety was one that I bought from a local garden society at a summer party last year. I don't even remember the name of it but I do remember it is a heirloom variety. It looks very much like red russian and it is a hardneck so that may very well be what it is. The bulbs are huge and very flavorful. Garlic is one of my husbands favorite ingredients though I don't love it quite the way he does, I am very excited about the garlic harvest.
When I planted these potatoes in the spring I had great hopes for how I would use them for my family. The lemon basil potato salad from Cynthia Lair's Feeding the Whole Family, is amazing and I couldn't wait for my potatoes to be ready so we could eat it almost every night. Unfortunately between when these went in the ground and when we pulled them out, I have developed some inflammatory issues in my joints and have been instructed not to eat nightshades. So the 26lbs of Yukon Gold potatoes have been sitting in the pantry, waiting. We did use a fair number of them to feed some families we had over for a barbeque. Most of these potatoes are destined to be made into perogies that will fill our freezer for use later this winter.
Now all I need to do is get my cabbages out of the garden and make some sauerkraut and we will have a Ukrainian feast!

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