Sounds a little like a recipe appropriate for October, doesn't it? Actually, it was pretty dark - I don't believe the moon was completely available as a light source.
Somehow during the week and a bit off, it got dark - now when I come home after kids' practices, it is getting dark. The gloaming, as it were. Since we had Monday off, yesterday became my shopping day. I try to do everything - feed, food, gas - all on one long, after work errand. That means, when I get home, late, it is getting dark and there are bags and bags of feed to unload, and groceries to put away, plants to water in the greenhouse, sometimes animals to feed depending on my husband's schedule.
I found myself in the very backend of the gloaming - in the dark, as it were, finding vegetables for stir fry by feel - a few different kinds of sweet potato leaves, a few collards, some baby turnip greens, and a couple very young green peppers (one had a slug on it, yuck, yuck, yuck). I even spied out some brown eggs from my Orpingtons (but only because I know where two of them like to hide their stash).
I added what I picked (in what felt like some Halloween preparation) to green beans and eggplant harvested previously, some shoyu beans and broccoli from the freezer, and the young one cut up some tofu we bought at the store. It was quite tasty. I really love sweet potato leaves and collards stir fried in olive oil with teriyaki sauce! It is tasty, and I feel so virtuous eating my greens.
The trick to stir frying eggplant is to get the oil hot and to cook it into submission before adding the teriyaki or shoyu - otherwise it either stays bitter or absorbs far too much of the sauce. Sweet potato leaves can be added at the end, but collards need a good long time to cook or they stay kind of tough. I am looking forward to the turnips and their greens in a couple of weeks and the kale a couple weeks after that!
However, I am feeling anxious about my kabocha - I have indifferent luck with squash - something always seems to happen - the tractor accidentally (I ask you!) runs over the heart of the patch - or my lovely volunteer acron squash on the compost pile gets weed whacked. Lawn and garden machinery has it in for any winter squash I plant....so this year, I planted them next to a bright hot pink trellis. Maybe that will indicate to the machinery operators that they are not weeds.
As for the summer squash - I think my dog has a secret love for immature crookneck - because I will find her little paw prints next to the plant - and the lovely little baby squash gone. Circumstantial evidence, but convincing to me!
For some reason, I am absolutely craving pumpking - maybe it is that harvesting by the light of the October moon thing again - and it just seems extra important that those kabocha fluorish - even if it means I need to wait another 113 days for my first pumpkin.
I find myself obsessing over my garden in a way formerly reserved for horses, sheep, and classroom - especially the darned squash.