Cauliflower Cutlets

For awhile we’ve been collecting cauliflower based recipes in anticipation of a plentiful crop and it’s on us now. The first on the list is cauliflower cutlets with marinara sauce. The cutlets were great but not nearly as simple to make as I thought. Next up roast cauliflower with capers and lemon sauce followed by braised cauliflower with anchovies, garlic, and capers. There are several variations on roast cauliflower, cauliflower salads, and cauliflower soup, all of which we will have sampled by the time the last one is picked. I think the adventure with Blue Apron is giving us the impetus to try things we would have passed over in past years. George’s grandson Garret is picking freely now but still we’re not making a dent in the crop. We’re all small eaters so that, for example, a single head of cabbage lasts two or three meals. Ditto the cauliflower. Ditto broccoli. At least with the leafy greens you can just pick enough for a single meal but choosing among kale, collards, chard, and spinach………… It seems that for every leaf picked, two more sprout.

For no particular reason I stopped feeding the fish off the dock about 6 months ago. A couple of weeks back I took a piece of stale bread and (tried to) feed it to the fish but to my surprise, there were no fish. Always in the past it was a real feeding frenzy when I tossed in the bread so apparently the fish had gone off to greener pastures. That bothered me because in the near future we expect some kids to be visiting and the highlight of their visit has always been fishing and catching off the dock. I had plenty of stale bread in the freezer so went back to a daily routine of sharing that bread with the pan fish that always lived by the dock. Sure enough, by the 3rd day there was good action with one noticeable difference – the fish were real giants. I’ve continued feeding them for the past week and they are for sure back with a vengeance and much larger than ever before. In fact, I think they’re the biggest pan fish I’ve ever seen. I’ll have to be concerned that they might pull one of the kids in the water when hooked.

The cabbage crop is winding down and I’m eyeing that row for tomatoes. Within the next two weeks that transition will have occurred. The row of cauliflower is not far behind, maybe two weeks, and more tomato seedlings should be ready for transplant in that row. I’m planting one row in “conventional” round tomatoes; the other in paste tomatoes – 8 plants in each row. The cherry tomatoes will be scattered as space becomes available. I also have half a dozen renegade tomato plants already growing in the garden. With these you’re never sure of the results – meaning what variety or type and how well they’ll do. but…………. could actually be picking in April whereas the regular selected varieties are late May. Just a note – the bush beans started germinating in only 4 days – a week faster than I thought.

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