Friday, June 8, 2012

The Great Scape

Today was the day for "scaping" the garlic
in the garden!
I have about 120 garlic plants this year 
and when the curly scapes appear
you need to break them off so that
the garlic bulb develops properly.
The scape is actually the garlic's blossom.
These little wonders are absolutely 
delicious as a stir fry!
They are also delicious simply sauted and
seasoned with browned butter and lemon juice. 

As the farmer finished mowing the lawn
I started chopping and making
the stir fry sauce.

The scapes were chopped into 2-3 inch 
pieces, 3 heads of baby bok choy
were washed and chopped (keeping the leaf
ends seperate from the stalk), the sweet onion
was sliced, 3 carrots were thinly sliced and some
mushrooms and red pepper prepared
for the stir fry.

Stir Fry Sauce:
This is my favourite "brown" sauce for stir frying.
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp. Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
2 Tbsp. Oyster Sauce
2 Tbsp. Fish Sauce
2 cloves garlic - minced
2 Tbsp. minced ginger
2 tsp. fresh lime juice

Heat the wok for 30 seconds, add some oil and swirl it around the pan.  Add all the chopped veggies except the Bok Choy leaves.  Add 1/2 of the sauce and stir fry for 3-4 minutes, add rest of the sauce and the Bok Choy leaves and heat till leaves are nicely wilted and veggies are heated through.

Serve with rice or noodles.  We BBQ'd some delicious smoked pork chops to add to the meal tonight and Poppy was happy for the bones.  She knows when we BBQ chops that she'll get a treat!

GARLIC SCAPES ARE GREAT and they are in season right now!

Today we want to wish a very happy birthday
to our future son-in-law, Patrick, 
and to our sister-in-law, Linda.
Hope you are both having a fantastic day!  

Till next time ......... be happy and enjoy some garlic scapes!


  1. Wow a stir fry fresh from the garden...wonderful!

  2. And now I'm hungry for Chinese food! It looks fabulous.

  3. I never heard of these....sound delicious ! You make a mean stir fry! ......Anita N

  4. That sounds so summery and delicious!

  5. That sounds ever so yummy. I just might have to put some garlic in my garden. Is it a perennial like asparagus? I learned something new here today. I had never heard of garlic scapes.

    1. It's not a perennial but you plant the garlic cloves (seperated garlic heads) in the Fall. We grew approx. 1/4 acre of garlic for a few years - so labour intensive! It was a summer job project for our daughter but we ended up having to hire extra people to do the "scaping" and especially the harvesting, which is done in July. This garlic is so juicy and fresh I can't even buy the imported kind anymore - just not the same!