I don't plant much corn, but usually I get a beautiful photogenic crop... this year instead... just look at it!
I laughed aloud thinking that I could have told you that this was a heirloom variety of some sort of ancient Maya corn, but I will be honest: this is dreadful!
Still, I never get discouraged, and I hate wasting food. Not pretty? Never mind, it still tastes ok, and I could always match it with a good crop :-), like my broccolini!
So I made this salad: I boiled the corn, cut off the kernels that were pretty, added some steamed broccolini and dressed the lot with a miso dressing (just white miso paste thinned down with a little hot water). It was super yummy!
And now to another flop crop, but this was last year: my garlic was tiny! Some was so small that my daughter asked me if she could use it for her Sylvanian Family house! Still, it was cute, I could not trow it away, but this year I didn't plant any garlic and this is what I got left!
The last salad: plenty of tomatoes in the garden, not as big as I hoped, but they too taste good. I made a salad with just tomatoes, basil leaves, olive oil and salt, and some borage flowers for colour. It looked and tasted like a very happy salad :-). Some gnomes are good, and some do make me smile.
Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©