Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The harvest continues...

Was thrilled to have a week off from the university...
In this 'o-bon' (all souls?) season, the Japanese folks take time off from work to pay respects to their deceased ancestors...
For me, this presents an excellent opportunity for me to spend time in the potager...

Still, the heat is a bit too stifling...   
Which need not necessarily be a bad thing...
For I can sweat it out in the mornings when it is still rather tolerable...
And after my tea break at 10:00 am, I get into a change of gear and head out to the sea...
For the first time since we moved here years ago, I am truly beginning to cherish the joys of  frolicking at the sea...


Each day, thankfully, we have something to harvest...

Pumpkin, which weighed about 1.9 kilograms...
Cucumbers so crunchy and fresh...
Tomatoes so sweet and juicy...

We dug out our potatoes some time ago...
The harvest was not the best we had...
No complains though, as the scales tipped at a little over 3 kilograms...

And my sweeto haato turned the potatoes into this...
A mixture of several ingredients...
Urmmm... simple yet heavenly it was...

Was never successful with water melons, so to say...
But this season, not too bad... 
This one was about 1.6 kilograms...
Just nice for the two of us, for two fruit-courses after lunch...
The bitter gourds are turning out pretty well... 
And as the label implies, they are truly bitter although we should say that 'bitter' stuff is not one of our weak areas...

The watermelon as it was...
Juicy, sweet, and sooo refreshing when consumed in the heat of summer...