Thursday, August 6, 2015

Chard


Preparing the usual grocery hand* of foliage is like wading through rain-soaked brush. Last week I just trimmed the ends of the stems, rinsed off the leaves, subtracted a couple of weary patches, and stuffed the whole thing into the electronic pressure cooker along with a quarter cup of water. Twenty steamy minutes on high later, I lifted out a manageable limp mass, chopped it into bite-sized units, and stored it in a shallow glass dish with matching cover. Greens are delicious served cold and topped with hot sauce.

The cooking liquid is a refreshing drink that looks like dangerously stagnant water.

*Hand is a commercial brush-picker’s unit of measurement consisting of an arm’s length of salal or huckleberry foliage that can be held in one hand.

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