this year i tried growing fennel again. the last time i attempted it, kai was a baby, we were living in a different house and our tiny garden got hardly any light. needless to say, very unsuccessful. this time around? the bulbs are gigantic! i possibly could have harvested them a tad earlier but they just kept getting bigger and bigger and i couldn't do it. yesterday ellie and i were gathering basil for our frozen stores of pesto when i realized the fronds were taller than her, and decided it was time::
i ate the first bulb sliced up just like that, tossed into a bowl of ice water, cool and crisp and by the handful. so sweet and fresh and delicious. now, what to do with the rest? i have a recipe somewhere for a fennel potato gratin. and i'd love to try pickling some. though i have a feeling most will be gobbled up raw, which is fine by me.