I have been working at my local organic health shop for over a year now and I have been enjoying every single day there.
I have always believed in organic and in eating good quality food so I never feel guilty in spending a little bit extra for good food. I do save money on clothes though but that's easy for me as I have never found shopping trips particularly exciting and neither am I interested in beauty treatments. I guess I am a country girl and a farmer at heart as both by parents used to run a farm before getting married. As a child I spent days in the country with my grandparents helping out in the fields. I used to love it!
Now it is different, we live in a small town and we don't have a garden, we just have a little patio where I grow my herbs so I have to buy all my vegetables. I often shop at my local farmer's market and at this time of year there is a good selection of fresh vegetables.
This recipe with chard and spinach which I found inspiration from my favourite Italian foodie magazine "Cucina Moderna", has been very easy to make and it is packed with goodness. It is a dense cake. You wash the vegetables and cook them and then you mix them with a simple batter made with 3 eggs. We had it for dinner with some cous cous and we very much enjoyed it!
- Prep Time : 20 minutes
- Cook Time : 35 minutes
- Yield : 4
Wash the vegetables and drain them to remove excess water. Remove the thicker stems of the chards. Pour 2 tbsp of olive oil in a pan and when it is hot add the roughly chopped vegetables. Add salt and pepper, the butter and cook them for about 5 minutes until they are soft. Add a little bit of water if they get too dry.
Make the batter. Put the eggs in a bowl and add the sifted flour with the baking powder. Mix well to remove any lumps. Slowly add the milk mixing well.
Mix the cooked vegetables with the batter and pour it on a well greased round baking tray measuring approx 20 cm or 8 inch diameter. For easier removal line the bottom with non stick baking paper.
Cook for 25 to 30 minutes at 180C or 350F.
Serve warm or cold. It is great for a pic-nics.