Freshly harvested Swiss chard (and what you can do with it)

Do you know what Swiss chard is? Well, it’s not kale… And it’s not like kale, either.

Kale’s leaves are much tougher than the leaves of the colourful-stemmed Swiss chard. If I had to compare the chard to something similar, I would say it’s kind of like spinach.

So what does one do with this chard?

Lots. It’s quite versatile. Continue reading “Freshly harvested Swiss chard (and what you can do with it)”

Pesky critters bugging me

I woke up later than usual, probably because I first woke up at 3:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep for a while. But eventually I did. So when 7:30 rolled around, I rolled out of bed, made a delicious coffee, grabbed my phone and sat down outside on the sun-filled back porch. I took a blissful first sip, opened WP Reader, started reading and went to take another sip when something stopped me. Continue reading “Pesky critters bugging me”

Bone broth in summer? I say: why not?

Of all the things to cook on a hot day, I decided today I needed to make bone broth.

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I like a good quality stock. It is so versatile and goes beyond soups. When I run out I sorely miss it.

I ran out a few weeks ago.

The flavour, the healthful properties, everything is improved in homemade stocks and broths. Right? I can also control the amount of salt. Most store-bought broths are way too heavily salted for my taste.

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How an open day became a busy day

As I was sipping coffee on my back porch this morning I thought to myself: today is wide open with nothing crucial going on. I could spend all day writing, reading, napping, relaxing.

That didn’t happen.

It occurred to me just now that between yesterday and today I shopped at four different stores.

And none of them were food stores.

Can I just say UGH ? (I hate shopping…)

Yesterday wasn’t bad. We went to a garden center which also had accessories and outdoor furniture and knicknacks and a little clothing section with Made-in-Italy dresses and…

I bought one. This one:

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Another week of lock-down begins

Now that my partner’s college winter semester is done, and the spring/summer one won’t begin till May, there is some breathing space in this household. He doesn’t have to teach online classes for a couple of weeks which means we can make regular daily noise while sequestered in this teeny tiny house instead of no noise while he’s speaking into his audio system.

Which is also why I have put my teenager on a school schedule.

Remember MeanMom™? She’s back. 😉

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Beckoning sunshine during lock-down

*Not everyone has a garden, and this post is not meant to make you feel bad if you don’t. If you still can, go outside and walk around a little, especially if you’re in the northern Hemisphere and have been waiting a long time for spring to arrive. Please obey the physical and social distancing rules and be safe. 

For the most part, we were doing fine with this endless staying home and indoors. Continue reading “Beckoning sunshine during lock-down”