Friday, April 20, 2007

C is for Chard


Its Goodbye Cucumber, Hello Chard! And this psychedelic little number looks as if nature got a bit liberal with the food colouring bottle. If a toddler were to design a vegetable this is what it might look like. There is a more staid version with plain green leaves known as Swiss Chard. The challenge is to make it taste as good to Freddie as it looks.
Its's over to you all out there - any ideas?
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  1. Hi, I'm a mom of twins enjoying your blog - keep up the great postings! And I don't have a clue on chard. Isn't that some drought-stricken country in Africa??

  2. Charlotte, this might interest you.

    It's about eating the stems, with recipe.

  3. Hi, chard is one of my favourite vegetables as it's easy to grow and looks good in the veg garden - espaecially the sort with coloured stems. We have some white stemmed chard that has been in the garden all winter and now has lovely fresh leaves - by coincidence we had some with our dinner last night. I cut the green off the stems and chop roughly - set aside while I cook the stems (left whole or cut into shorter bits) in boiling water. When partly cooked (4mins ? ) add the leaves and cook till tender. Just add a knob of butter and black pepper; or some creme fraiche. Or add the cooked chard to an omelette or a quiche. I'm sure a little cheese sauce on the top and browned under the grill would be good too.

    Hope you discover that you like chard Freddie

    best wishes

  4. Anonymous7:58 PM

    Hi, you can find this great recipe for Swiss chard purses with sausage stuffing at It's a little time intensive, but maybe it would be a fun project to make with the kids. Tastes great.

  5. This is a fabulous idea! I wrote a little piece on the great big vegetable challenge on our website. I put up the chard and gazpacho picture to entice readers. I hope you don't mind. Otherwise, it links straight to your site. Keep up the great work!

  6. Check out my Rainbow Swiss Chadr with Caramelized Onions recipe at:


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