Right around now, I look around my garden and realize how little time I spend there, and how much I could accomplish if I would only make the time for it. Beans. Apples. Fresh garlic. Greens. Every year I think, This year I will learn to grow my own food.
Award-winning YA fantasy author and readergirlz diva Dia Calhoun does just that, spending many of her days writing and cooking at a family farm (sigh). You can't go wrong with an original recipe from her. Dia weaves flavors and spices and masterfully as Avielle weaves colors and magic in AVIELLE OF RHIA. And I happen to know Dia has another fantasy in the works that I just can't wait to read...
Inspired by these Book Cooks, I've gone and done it! I bought seeds and peet pots, planted onion and garlic starts. I took cuttings from friends' raspberries and rock berries, mint and basil. Next I will try to grow ingredients for Dia's Greens:
1/2 bunch Kale
1/2 bunch Swiss Chard
3 cloves of garlic
I tbsp olive oil
1 tsp anchovy paste
pepper to taste.
Wash kale and swiss chard. Remove stems (throw out) and tear leaves into bite-sized pieces. Set aside. Finely chop the garlic. Set aside. Squeeze the lemon juice into a cup and mix the the anchovy paste in well. Set aside. Heat the olive oil and saute the garlic until the oil is well flavored. Add the Kale and saute in the oil for half a minute. Add the chard and saute all another minute or until JUST beginning to wilt. Add the lemon juice/anchovy mixture and saute until well mixed with the greens--just a few seconds. Add pepper. EAT YOUR GREENS!