Monday, 7 April 2014

Harvest Monday - Swiss Red Chard & Wild Garlic

It been a few good years since I participated in Harvest Monday hosted by Daphne and Dandelions,that was when I had an allotment, but lots of things have happened since then that I would like leave in the past and move on.

Now that I have a new home with a new garden (please see here), I am really looking forward to growing my own organic fruit and veg again; and sharing what's happening in the garden with other keen veg growers.  Today though I am cheating a little as the bunch of Swiss Red Chard that I am sharing have come from my new neighbours  garden; and they were happy for me to have some as much of it was beginning to bolt.  Sadly they are moving to Luxembourg for the work, such a shame as I was looking forward to comparing notes and some neighbourly veg growing competition and banter!  

I've have a variety of Swiss Chard seedlings in the greenhouse that are beginning to emerge, so am looking forward to planting my own out soon. 
Oh yesterday I also went for a forage for wild garlic and came bag with a good bag full.  So expect some recipes from me soon, including Wild Garlic Quiche; Wild Garlic Hummus; Wild Garlic Oat Biscuits; along with some new ones. If you have some wild garlic recipe suggestions, please do share.  I am always very open to new recipe ideas.
I've given half the bag to my mother who has never had wild garlic.  She said she was going to make some Wild Garlic Pakoras!  Anyway, please come back later on to see what I made with this Swiss Red Chard and the wild garlic! 

29 comments:

  1. Can't wait .... I'll be back (said in my best Arnie voice!!). :-)

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    1. Thanks Sue. I've decided on making tartlets!

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  2. I love swiss chard...and we call wild garlic 'Ramps'...here...

    ~Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thank you Teresa. Do you often cook with them?

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  3. I've never had ramps though I hear about them occasionally. Chard though - I love chard.

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    1. Thanks Daphne. Hope you can find some to try, they are very versatile in savoury dishes.

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  4. Love chard as well. What a lovely gift from your neighbour but perhaps when she leaves another gardener will move in!

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    1. Thanks GardeningBren.
      A bit nervous, having just moved in. They are not selling the house, but will be renting it out. Can only hope new neighbours are nice, just a shame as getting to know them.

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  6. wild garlic sounds wonderful. I am sure I do not have I here in Florida

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    1. You may know it as ramps in your part of the world Shirl.

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  7. Shaheen, I think I will nick a couple of your recipes to use some of my Wild Garlic, which is looking very strong now!

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    1. Please do Mark - totally recommend the Wild Garlic Hummus!
      I grew some wild garlic near my wildlife water feature in Glasgow and it was growing. Wild garlic likes damp places. Wonder how its doing now?!

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  8. I like the sound of the WG Pakoras!
    Wonder if you could wilt the whole leaves and then use them to wrap around cooked rice/quinoa/pearl barley with other things in too, like stuffed vine leave - or would the leaves be too strong a flavour do you think?

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    1. The leafy part is quite long and narrow and quite fragile, I don't think it would work well as the filling would be too heavy, may with quinoa - but the quantity would have to be small and they would be tiny bites, and a lot more fiddly to try. The flavour of the leaves soften once cooked, its the smell when raw that is strong.

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  9. Looking forward to your wild garlic recipes. Lovely that you have garden fresh Swiss chard, what a treat.

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    1. Thank you, please click on the highlighted links to follow wild garlic recipes from the past, I am hoping to have some new ones too.

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  10. Wild Garlic?? Wow that's very cool!

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  11. Thank you so much for your wonderfully kind comment, Shaheen! I am so happy to hear of you new home and your new garden! Thank you again for your encouragement and your kind thoughts... Wishing you blessings and joy in your new home! Looking forward to continuing to chat soon! :-)

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    1. Always lovely to hear from you Astra.
      Yes, I will come by when I can and I know life if really busy for you, but please do come by when you can too - its always good to hear from you.

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  12. There definitely is no wild garlic in my part of the world, but I've got lots of chard. Maybe your new neighbors will turn out to be gardeners, or you could turn them into gardeners!

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    1. I've been told it wild garlic goes under a different name in other parts of the world, perhaps you know it as ramps.
      PS Yes hoping the new neighbours will be gardeners, they will have to be up for the challenge if taking on the garden as it does and will need extensive weeding..

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  13. Awesome news! I love your recipes.

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    1. Thank you so much African Aussie

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  14. Look forward to a wild garlic recipe Shaheen! I have been using a lot recently and will post a recipe later in the week. :D

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    1. If you click on the highlighted linked on my blog entry, they will take you to past wild garlic recipes. I look forward to seeing yours soon.

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  15. Wild garlic pakoras sound divine. A pity your new neighbours are moving.

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    1. Thanks Joanne, Yes it is, and guess what, they left the early hours of this morning for their flight :( You must try wild garlic pakoras, quite tasty

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