Friday, October 3, 2008

Fall lettuce salads

We're in lettuce season again. How do I know that? Besides the fact that we had our first lettuce salad from the garden last week, right now I am looking out my window and it looks like it's going to rain. The weather website says it's going to rain, too.

If you're not familiar with our Sacramento Valley climate, that basically means it's not summer anymore, since we have hot dry summers with scarcely a cloud in the sky let alone a drop of rain.

Loris and I are ecstatic about having lettuce for salads again. It's been a while since we've had it fresh from our garden. I planted six heads of curly green lettuce and six red sails, probably about only three weeks ago, and already we have more than enough for salads for two. A salad makes a light, crisp, tasty addition to our evening meal.

We often don't even throw on any toppings. But when we do, they tend to include tomatoes, beets, olives, peppers, onions, or shallots - usually only one to three toppings, to keep things simple. A simple salad is a great accompaniment for a nice crusty loaf of homemade bread.

Speaking of homemade bread, I'll likely be home working all day on Sunday, which gives me a great opportunity to make some fantastic bread that I don't often get the chance to make. Check back in to see how it goes.


Calcandide said...

Can you provide pictures of the lettuce plants? I can't tell if mine are big enough to start harvesting yet.

sunflowerchilde said...

I'll see if I can get some pictures up. I usually just decide if the leaves look big enough to eat, then I make sure I leave enough plant to survive. It's a judgment call.