How to cook random greens: method 3

November 6, 2009 § Leave a comment

I’m lucky in my living situation, in that my roommates have similarly wonky tendencies to my own, most especially the tendency to cook up a storm in the morning at the same time as making and eating breakfast, in order to have food ready to go later on.  It’s not a bad approach, all things considered, and can have the added benefit (if one feels like it’s a benefit) of making the house smell like Thanksgiving…at 7 am.  For my own part, I do this most often when I’m wishing I had leftovers to bring to the office for lunch, but I don’t have any and I’m certainly not willing to spend an exorbitant sum of $8 or more to get a fancy sandwich from a café.  The thinking goes like this: “Oh gosh.  What am I going to bring for lunch today?  I suppose I could have bread and cheese again. But what am I going to do for a vegetable?  (yes, I think lunch should contain vegetables)  Ooh, I have some beets!  And some chard!  What an abundance of goodness!  I know, I’ll sautee the greens while I fry myself an egg and roast the beets in slices while I eat, then I can toss them together with herbs into a Tupperware and have them for lunch.  Brilliant!”

This particular morning, fabulous smells of frying onion wafted under my nose while I was washing my face.  I padded out of the bathroom and into the kitchen to see what my roommate, Andi, was up to.  She was monitoring a large frying pan of the most gorgeous, Technicolor, rainbow Swiss chard  I have, perhaps, ever seen.  And I’ve seen a lot of chard in my day!  When she tossed in a handful of golden raisins, I couldn’t take it any more.  “Andi!”  I cried out, “can you hold on a second and let me take a photo of what you’re cooking?  It’s too beautiful not to!”  Before she had really had the chance to answer I had grabbed my camera and started in on a full-blown photo shoot, starring the chard.  Unfortunately, photography is not one of my gifts.  But, hey, I’m trying.  And more importantly, it got me thinking about another method of dealing with your random greens, and other barely identifiable vegetables (or fully identifiable vegetables, come to think of it).  Think salad! « Read the rest of this entry »

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