Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Chard that wouldn't die...

Swiss Chard, that is. If we ever experience another Great Depression, my family won't have to worry about having greens on the table. My one plant has been going strong for right at a year now and shows no signs of slowing down. If you have any interesting chard recipes, please let me know. My latest find is this 'greens soup' which is actually quite tasty:

  • large bunch of mustard, kale, chard or spinach; chopped

  • bunch of cilantro, arugula or parsley; chopped

  • 4 leeks, sliced and rinsed

  • juice of 1 lemon

  • chicken stock

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp brown sugar

  • 1 tsp salt

  1. Sautee leeks in olive oil with a few bay leaves and minced garlic

  2. Add brown sugar and salt. Cook for a few more minutes.

  3. Throw in greens. Cover with stock.

  4. Simmer 30 minutes.

  5. Stir in herbs and lemon juice.


KCB said...

Yes! We've been experimenting with chard soup recipes and this looks like a winner.

Eileen said...

Lol!! Oh, dear - this reminds me of the year my mom made the mistake of planting FIVE zucchini plants. We ate zucchini every day, usually more than one meal a day, for the entire year, and she rendered herself obnoxious to all her friends by coming at them with bags of 'free zucchini' at every opportunity. I couldn't look a zucchini in the face for decades...

Wish I had a good recipe, but currently the only way I can get the boys to eat kale or chard, other than adding it to soups, is to saute it up with bacon - yummy, but not PC food at all!