We didn't do much planting this spring. Attempted sunflowers but the birds ate the seeds right out of the ground -we found the evidence sprinkled over the garden. The currents we planted last year are doing great, though. This year we got lots of black and red ones too. However, the girls and I have pretty much written currents off as inedible. They are sour, bitter and full of seeds. We do think they're beautiful. That counts for something, no?
On a whim I bought a big plastic planter and threw the rainbow chard seeds in it, the seeds I bought last year but never got too. My mom told me chard was easy to grow and she is definitely right. Early on I realized the plants were too crowded. I didn't thin them out, just let 'em go. I recently picked about half the plants and left the others to grow. The ones I picked are smaller and the stalks are paler than normal due to the crowding. The plants left are looking much better thanks to the extra space.
Does anyone know if I can freeze chard? I saw this post about freezing kale, but it looks like more effort than I'm willing to give. Please do leave a comment if you have a tip.
Orzo soup - love the addition of the egg whites, something a bit different.
Sauteed chard with garlic and lemon - um, did someone say garlic and lemon? yum.
Mushroom, chard and Gruyere lasagna - spells comfort food, doesn't it?
Tuscan bean and chard soup - sounds hearty and substantial.
Rainbow chard, pine nuts and feta - these are a few of my favorite things . . .
Rainbow chard with lemon, capers and Parmesan - it is the addition of the egg that seals the deal on this recipe for me. And the capers.
Swiss chard and red pepper gratin - Anything with the word gratin in it is fine by me.
Now for the real work. Actually making one of these recipes. I'll keep you posted on that.