Swiss chard food is the veggie that made Pop Eye famous, and with good reason. It's one of the organic greens that pulls a lot of punch.
Swiss chard and spinach are first cousins.
Just as important, it's very easy to grow. In the far northern climes, of course it's a summer vegetable. I remember planting it in our allotment in Lombard, Illinois, when I was a student in chiropractic college.
Here in our mild South African climate, situated at 31 degrees south, as compared to 42° in Chicago, we can grow vegetables year round, though some like green beans are frost sensitive; but not our swiss chard food.
You can eat it raw, though I prefer spinach, but you have to pick the very young leaves.
More usually you would very lightly blanch it as we are going to do in this recipe, or cook it to make a dish like eggs florentine.
Swiss chard food is so easy to grow and cook.
There is enormous scope in this recipe to add your favourite salads. The basic idea is to very lightly blanch your Swiss chard leaves, and then drench them, whilst hot, in a sauce.
Then you can add feta, or tomatoes, or red peppers and onions. Use whatever is growing in the garden, or is in season at the green grocer.
Remember the leaves shrivel down to almost nothing, so you need a good helping, particularly if it's the main dish. This fed five hungry people, as a side plate, today, and was much enjoyed by all.
If you've never tasted green peas, fresh from the garden, then you're missing out on a treat. Within twelve hours the sugars have been turned to starch and they've lost their zest. This little lesson from how to grow peas will certainly be worth your time if you love good food.
Mixed greens make a lovely salad; just add the likes of olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice, and perhaps hummus.
Sparkling good health is dependent on a wide variety of foods, so in fact, today I actually used some young beet tops and kale, along with the swiss chard.
If you are aiming for your ten coloured foods per day, you have to be a bit imaginative. With a health tag of 35% lower all cause of death, it's worth the effort. It tastes better too; my brother in law wanted the recipe, and he's a serious cook of note.
Eggs Florentine is Bernard Preston's breakfast virtually every day. Today he's added fresh green peas from the garden.
You can enjoy your Swiss chard raw or lightly blanched, but just as good is cooked with high heat for a short time. Used as the bed for a couple poached eggs it makes the perfect banting food as it has very little starch.
You'll find my eggs florentine at recipes for swiss chard. We eat it virtually every day. Dinkum! Just add some garlic and whatever else is in the garden. This morning it was freshly picked green peas.
It took me perhaps ten minutes to harvest the peas and swiss chard, and another five to cook this. Got fifteen minutes in the morning before work, or at least over the weekend?
Phytochemicals will probably decide how long you will live.
Your Swiss chard foods are particularly rich in many different phytochemicals with strange names likes indoles and flavonoids. They are powerful antioxidants and anti inflammatories. Including phytochemical foods in the diet on a daily basis contributes vastly to a sense of well being and better health, particularly of the blood vessels; atherosclerosis is a nasty disease.
You may find in midsummer with high temperatures and humidity that Swiss chard mold appears making your plants unsightly.
It's just a period; try not to wet the leaves when you water the plants, and prune back the diseased parts.
We use worm wee extensively to increase the health and strength of the plants, but for a period it remains a problem. Nevertheless, we rarely miss a breakfast when we can't enjoy eggs Florentine. Just back the diseased leaves.
Spinach or Swiss chard food make wonderful greens to be enjoyed daily. Right now though we are experimenting with new plants that are mold resistant.
Healthy choice foods are what give you an even chance of reaching eighty with all your marbles intact and taking a minimum or not medication.
It means a turn to slow food, made fast and eschewing what supermarkets are tempting you to buy. Stick with your local greengrocer, butcher and fishmonger.
Healthy choice foods also means aiming for 8 to 10 coloured foods every day; that will lower the all cause of death by a massive 35 percent.
Swiss chard food was good for Popeye; it's good for you too.
Bernard Preston is a semi retired chiropractor who is fascinated with green living and ensuring that Earth is a fit place for our grandchildren to live.
That means a return to healthy living, plenty of exercise, mental stimulation and, on whatever scale is possible, growing your own fruit and vegetables.
Fresh from the garden they taste and are much better, not to mention devoid of the dangerous chemicals that modern farming sprays on your food.
Something will surely get us eventually, but need it be cancer at sixty, or an autoimmune disease at fifty, or a stroke at seventy?
Bernard Preston says let's aim for a healthy eighty and ninety, taking a minimum of drugs and with all our joints intact.
Swiss chard food makes a simple start to your new resolution.