My chard did very well during the beginning of summer – so well, in fact that, by the beginning of August, it was a bit out of control.
I cut it all back.
It stopped growing.
It certainly could have been that it didn’t like the hot, dry weather – even though it was watered regularly.
I picked a bit of it, but it was thick and tough.
Then, at the beginning of October, the rains came, the temperature dropped and the chard started growing.
And we started eating it again.
This recipe is based on a Spanish recipe of Jamie Oliver’s…. And one of the best bean dishes I’ve ever made.
White Beans with Chard
Total time: 45 minutes
- 15oz (450gr) white beans (cannellini), drained and rinsed
- 3oz (90gr) dry-cured ham, roughly chopped
- 1 small red pepper, chopped
- 8oz (250gr) chard, chopped, leaves and stems kept separate
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary leaves
- 3 bay (laurel) leaves
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/3 cup water
- Sauté ham in oil until starting to brown
- Add onion, pepper and sauté until tender
- Add chard stems, garlic, paprika and sauté for 5 minutes longer.
- Add beans, rosemary, bay leaves, water, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add chard leaves and simmer 10 minutes longer.
Next – tomato chard soup… I think.
The creepy-crawlies seem to have abated chez nous…. Other than the mystery bugs that bite me every fall.
Now we seem to be inundated with dead critters.
It started with a rat – that looked like it had been carried around in somethings mouth for awhile. Maybe a raptor dropped it?
Bonnie found it, right on our front lawn and nosed it around a few times. Once I realized what it was I yelled at her to leave it alone, got the shovel and tossed it across the road into the weeds.
That was followed by 2 baby lerot that, apparently, fell out of a nest in the tree.
Guapa found those, picked one up, then dropped it when I yelled. I got the shovel and tossed them across the road into the weeds.
The two of them jointly found a mouse head and tail, which was thoroughly disgusting. I yelled but made mon mari to dispose of that.
Then Guapa found another rat and was thoughtful enough to want to contribute it to the family larder….. She brought it in the house. I made mon mari dispose of that one, too. (Can’t get a shovel under it on the tile floor – I refuse to get closer than 3 feet)
Then last night there was a dead toad squished in the door.
What is going on here?????
I feel like I’m living in a Halloween House….