Swiss Chard / Silverbeet

I am currently working through my site and tidying things up!  What a job…  Hopefully when I’m done everything will be much easier to find and/or follow.

So while I’m tidying up, I’m also updating.  This is a copy of a page that I created back in 2017.  I have just finished updating it, adding more detail with regard to how to grow Swiss chard, and also how to save the seed.  I’ve even been creating labels for the seeds that I save to share with family, friends and community, and will gradually upload the labels to my site for access to those who love to save seeds and give them away, like I do.  So here we go, this is all about Swiss Chard / Silverbeet.

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While we all know Swiss Chard / Silverbeet as a vegetable, that is such a great addition to any vegie patch. On my first trip to to France, I also discovered it’s value, in particular the coloured varieties, as an ornamental in flower gardens.  The Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, is the first place I think of when reminiscing about such beautiful displays.  To this day I recall walking through the gates for the first time, when my eyes were automatically drawn toward a stunning vision of rich reds and greens. I had never seen Swiss Chard used in such displays before.

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Majestic Magenta

Hmmm… I started with the title Pretty and Pink…, then thought maybe Radiant Red…!

But really I think Majestic Magenta describes the colour at the end…

A while ago we were in Melbourne for a few days to spend time with our son and his family.  This meant that I was able to visit my sister, Sonnie.  Sonnie is an amazing cook, and had just finished making a batch of her late husband’s grandmother’s pickled red cabbage, a jar of which, she had kindly set aside for us, I was so excited and very grateful.

Since then I’ve started receiving a regular delivery of fresh, mostly Gippsland grown, vegetables, and the fun thing with the vegie (Farm) box is that each week is different.  With produce that we don’t normally use, and being one who hates waste, I’ve just had to get a little creative.

After receiving red cabbage in my mystery veg box, I instantly knew what to do – I would make Grandma Martin’s Pickled Red Cabbage.  I often prepare braised red cabbage, but this time it was definitely going to be a batch of Grandma Martin’s Pickled Red Cabbage, and with my beautiful sister’s permission, I can now share the recipe with you. Continue reading

Who’s on the plate!

I often make Tartine de Chèvre et Poire (Pear and Goat’s Cheese Open Sandwich) when I want a quick, light meal.

As I was going through the list of ingredients used, I realised that it is not only what’s on the plate, but also who’s on the plate!  Apart from the Chèvre, this is truly a salad showcasing our region and our producers, along with our own garden and a couple of homemade staples.  So who is on the plate… Continue reading

In the Garden – April 2021

April saw the leaves turning and beginning to fall, carpets forming and palletes changing.  I just love Autumn, the vivid colours, the crisp air, the falling leaves…

 

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In denial!

Lockdown number 5, winter, dull days and cold weather…

The COVID lockdown I can deal with.  Its supposed to be a short one, just five days, we will see…

Winter and cold weather are another thing!  I cannot cope with the cold weather, the shorter daylight hours, dull days, oh, and did I mention the cold…  I know we are now on the right side of the solstice and the days are getting longer, but last night I was in denial… I needed warm weather and warm weather food that would suit a cold winter’s night.

So with dodgy tomatoes on hand, some sad looking basil that needed to be used up, I decided to try and make a flavourful tomato soup.  I started with a recipe, but that soon went out of the window!  Winter tomatoes are nothing short of sad and flavourless – nevertheless they needed to be used, and I needed  a touch of summer.  So with garlic, red onions, dodgy winter tomatoes, sad basil, and some tomato paste, I set to work. Continue reading

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