Archive for March, 2011

Recipe: Every meal a miracle: Rhubarb Red Swiss Chard with lots of Garlic

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Some nights I just can’t stand the though of making dinner.  Since I am a sucker for punishment (actually its that pesky soy intolerance) we don’t have any real instant options.

This is one of my favourite “instant” side dishes that really saves dinner. It must originally be from Jamie Oliver’s Italy, now it’s just in my head.

Tonight we served it with pizza (really a manchouer flat bread with cheese and garlic), it also goes really well with left over pizza as well as fish.


1 bunch of Swiss Chard (we used Rhubarb Red)
A hand full or two of spinach (optional, we are iron starved so we put spinach in everything)
Garlic to taste (we used 5 cloves)
A few glugs of olive oil
Either the juice of a whole lemon or 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
Salt and Pepper

Even the future compost looks good.
Wash the chard and spinach, paying special attention to get rid of any sand. 
Trim the ends off the chard.  
Blanche it for 2 minutes in boiling water.

While it’s boiling, pour 2 big glugs of olive oil into your wok or sauce pan. 
Turn it on to medium heat.  
Finely chop your garlic and toss it in the oil.  
Should be time to drain the greens.  
As soon as the garlic starts changing colour, toss in those greens.  
Add the lemon juice and salt and pepper. 


Mix it up every once and a while for about 5 minutes and volia! Italian greens! So fancy.  Looks like you have been slaving away over the stove all day, not that you could barely face the thought of making dinner.  

As my mother would say, “Every meal a miracle”.  Now call it a day.

Project 365: week twelve: March 19th, 2011 – March 25th, 2011

Friday, March 25th, 2011
March 19th, 2011 Making more seed packages.  I love this paper cutter.
March 20th, 2011 Ryan made dinner and promptly photographed it. Some nice red chard.
March 21st, 2011 Oregano Seedlings!
March 22nd, 2011 Slate floors make an excellent chalkboard.
March 23rd, 2011 Heavy snow and home sick with two teapots.
March 24th, 2011 This is how Rebecca eats a grapefruit.
March 25th, 2011 Hydroponic Basil from Green Thumbs Garden Supply.

A quick little round up

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Hello Everyone, 
Just popping over for a quick break and then I promise I’ll get back to packing your orders.

This morning we have a nice interview with yours truly over on Inside Etsy:

www.insideetsy.blogspot.com

I also want to share this well illustrated and easy tutorial on Seed Starting over on The Art of Doing Stuff. This site is both hilarious and helpful, check it out!

www.theartofdoingstuff.com

A cute little collection including our Carrots on the handmade gift guide.  Please keep us in mind for Mother’s Day.

www.thehandmadegiftguide.com

Last but not least we have a giveaway going on over on the farmer’s daughter: 

www.farmersdaughterct.wordpress.com

Project 365: week eleven: March 12th, 2011 – March 18th, 2011

Monday, March 21st, 2011

So sorry this is late!  
The past week has been a little crazy.  Our little nephew was at Sick Kids Hospital here in Toronto with an absolutely terrifying case of pneumonia.  He’s home now and recovering nicely.  Unfortunately Rebecca and I (mostly me thanks to the fantastic antibodies in breastmilk) caught a bug, unrelated to Ali, but from hanging out in the hospital.  So today we’ll try and make up for the lost time.
Without further ado; the past week in pictures:


March 12th, 2011 Seedy Saturday Scarborough was fantastic.
March 13th, 2011 The 1st of two meals Ryan made and promptly photographed this week.
March 14th, 2011 Leek Seedlings!
March 15th, 2011 Rebecca has a spot of tea.
March 16th, 2011 Dr Rebecca Visits  cousin Ali to help him feel better.
March 17th, 2011 A visit from a Therapeutic Clown made everybody smile, I just didn’t catch a photo in time.
March 18th, 2011 Daddy Daughter work visit.  Rebecca thinks OCADU is a pretty fun place.  too bad she’s going to be an engineer or a doctor instead of an artist.

Project 365: week ten: March 5th, 2011 – March 11th, 2011

Monday, March 14th, 2011
Another week, another 7 photos.

March 5th, 2011 First sprouts of the year! These San Marzano seedlings are the first step in my goal of preserving my own tomatoes grown from seed.
March 6th, 2011 Rebecca and a rainbow.
March 7th, 2011 Ryan’s birthday at Table 17 in Leslieville.
March 8th, 2011 Petaluma Gold Rush Beans.
March 9th, 2011 A warm oatmeal cookie, a new dress from etsy and dancing to Curious George.
March 10th, 2011 Rebecca’s Great Big Crunch.
March 11th, 2011 A visit with Grammy and her very bad dog.