Thursday, April 8, 2010

Orangette inspired Swiss Chard

Monday night I trekked out of the Boston downtown, out to Coolidge Corner (its not very far at all actually) - to the Brookline Booksmith.  Molly Wizenburg, of Orangette blog fame was there as part of the book tour for the paperback release of her book "A Homemade Life".

I must admit, I felt like a bit of a poser amongst the tried and true fans.  Some of these folks had been reading her blog from the beginning, and I felt a little out of place since I had just discovered the blog this summer (gasp!)!  In my defense it was immediately added to my feed reader, and I can't get enough - I also love her writing in Bon Apetit....

I assure you though, that she is a total delight in person.  It was fantastic to meet yet another person through the blogs who shares a similar love, not just for food and cooking, but for the experience of sharing meals, and food with other people.  Food is a conduit for sharing experience and building memories.

Reading the first two chapters of her book on my T-ride home I was struck with a bit of inspiration, and immediately came home to make myself a quick dinner.  The orange is most definitely a tribute to Molly's blog, its a vegetarian dish (she was vegetarian for a time) and I ate it with a fried egg.

1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 orange, sectioned and chopped (with the juice from the cutting board)
2 cups roughly chopped swiss chard
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup water

Heat the tablespoon of oil over medium heat in a medium sauce pan.  Once the pan is warm add the onion and orange.  Cook the orange and onion stirring frequently, until the onion is softened, the juice has evaporated, and orange pulp is just starting to stick to the pan.  Add the swiss chard and 1/4 cup of water, cover the pan and allow to steam for 5 mins.  Remove lid, stir greens, plate and enjoy.


  1. I just bought it on my Kindle! I cannot wait to read it! The salad sounds really good but the picture is where I'm at! I sort of want to print it and put it at my desk. the chard looks beautiful.

  2. Thanks for the comments about the picture! I love it too - I still can't believe it came from my little point and shoot! And it was yummy too! win/win!