Working full time in a kitchen has kept me from posting thus far, but by some miracle I have a rare Saturday morning off work. A perfect moment to share a quick recipe.
One of the local villagers regularly brings us punnets of fruit and vegetables. Usually it's things like plums or apples and the occasional bunch of herbs. This week we were handed a box of chard. A bit like wind, I knew it was out there but have never seen it, let alone cooked it!
After a quick look around the web, we decided to put an Asian inspired meal on our specials board and cook the chard as follows:
1kg Chard, leaves and stalks finely shredded
2 large red onions, diced
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
Juice and zest of one orange
Salt and pepper
1. Gently fry off the onion in a large pan or wok, and add the shredded stalks. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes until the stalks start to soften.
2. Add the shredded leaves and garlic and fry for a further 2 - 3 minutes until the leaves start to wilt.
3. Take off the heat and add the juice, zest and season liberally.
We served ours with a hoi sin glazed duck breast and vegetable rice, using the chard as a bed for the sliced duck breast. Customer comments were very good, and I believe we'll sell out tonight!
As it's my first day off for about 9 days, I'm going to pop to a classic car show, but I shall try and get a post on the Tarte Tatins we made the other day, up here on Sunday.