Sautéed Spinach & Red Pepper; to hoe or to hoe — 8 Comments

  1. Great piece of language detective work! I’ll remember the distinction. BTW, if you want chard at this time of year you will just have to move further north-east (I think — not quite sure where you are…) My bio boys are growing more of it than spinach at the moment.

    • Thanks, Susan…. I don’t really like the French chard – all stem. I like what I normally grow, which is rainbow chard and has tender, big leaves and thin stems. For me it’s a summer vegetable lol

  2. I’m making a half hearted attempt to learn Scots gaelic and have had the same encounters. Going straight to the source is always best 🙂

    I usually strip the leaves off the chard and discard the stems but here, the stems are like wooden sticks. I don’t grow my own. Maybe if I did…

    • The French eat the stems and toss the leaves; Americans eat the leaves and toss the stems. I like the rainbow chard because it’s all edible – if one picks it young enough!

  3. No chard this year?! How tragic.

    We had the first of our beautiful red and gold Swiss chard last night for dinner – stir fried with mustard seed, onions, garlic, thin half moons of sweet potato and a tiny bit of sherry vinegar (the vinegar that I got for making red pepper coques; my husband decreed that it wasn’t to sit in the cupboard unused…). Of course we ate the stems AND leaves.

    Nice to know the difference between bêcher and biner. Also nice to know that I”m supposed to be hoeing the chard – I planted ours in 3 different places, to see where it does best. Two of the places aren’t doing so well and now I think it might be not just because of the location but because I haven’t hoed around the plants.

    • I use a lot of sherry vinegar…. it’s my favorite, after balsamic. Yes, I will miss the chard this year. We normally ate it twice a week all summer long. I already have plans for re-enforcing the fence next spring.