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December 1st, 2008 at 02:01 am

We had our first serving of the silverbeet, it was nice. I picked and washed it. We then just steamed it and just finished off with a little bit of butter. Really fresh and healthy.

I also picked some basil for some tomato and basil salad. Unfortunately the tomatoes were bought. Hopefully soon we will be getting some tomatoes from the garden.

I just cleaned another shelf of the pantry, 2 down 3 to go.

5 Responses to “Crops”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Silver beet. I had to look that up. It is what we I call Swiss chard. I live in an Italian neighborhood and the older folks grow it in their gardens, as so I, but outside my neighborhood, it is not popular around here.

  2. shiela Says:

    Yeah they are they same. I've never really grown it before but now it's a keeper. It is growing so well right now, unlike spinach, it seems to grow a lot better at my place. Great source of iron. I believe either the Italians or the Greeks had brought it to Australia. That's what is great about our multinational country.

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Sheila, perhaps sometime you could write something about how different nationalities have influenced your cooking, especially in the way of frugality. Gosh, I'd love to find a blog devoted just to frugal cooking around the world.

  4. shiela Says:

    Joan that would be a great blog to read. We definitely like different types of food from different backgrounds. I do like cooking but I don't tend to follow recipes, I like simple cooking, with no fuss. It's amazing to think that most of the best foods from around the world originated from the poor. They have learned how to prepare cheap food in amazing ways. Think of Asian stir fry's, Indian curries, Mexican food etc. The ingredients are cheap but the taste is amazing! We're lucky to live in a multicultural society, we can pick the best foods we like from each culture! I guess having friends from different nationalities has influenced it too.

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I so agree, Sheila. My family and I often remark about our delicious "peasant food." I'm not that much of a recipe follower either. I lately am influenced by my Pashtun friends (Afghani/Pakistani). Their cooking leads me to occasionally add cardamom to black tea, to use curry and mint more often, to consider adding yogurt to just about anything, to add a sprinkling of carrots or pulses to just about anything I cook, to vary textures in carbohydrate-y foods by not cooking them as long as I am accustomed to, and to consider adding oil to some vegetables I had never used it on. I love how a soup they make tastes just like the Scotch Broth my mom used to make. There are some spice combinations they use that I have not figured out yet, and they do not know English names for them; I need to go shopping with them. Oh, and funny to see how they make the same tomato chow-chow as my grandmother who grew up on a potato farm in Arkansas...and that they call it the same thing! But that is one dish I still do not like and do not try to replicate.

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