New Zealand Spinach

What is it? and Will it kill me? Two essential questions to ask when you come across something strange in the wild. Or your family garden….cause you can never be too sure of people’s motives. Especially when there are poisonous weeds conveniently growing amongst the vegetables.

Sure it’s spinach shaped, but so called ‘new zealand spinach’ is also all thick and waxy and a bit bumpy- all things that seem to whisper ‘stop!’ and ‘update your will’.  As you can imagine, it’s not exactly something you want to eat raw, tossed in a salad (pulverized raw in a smoothie however, is delicious).

As a general rule- wash it, chop it up a bit, and cook it down with some garlic (and pinch of salt, pepper and nutmeg). And then add it to whatever recipe you might add cooked greens to. With an egg and some cheese for breakfast, mixed into some wild rice (with feta, walnuts and dried cranberries), baked into a quiche, or perhaps, a hot spinach and artichoke dip:

FYOR (find your own recipe);)

Baked Grapefruit

A lot (all?) of foods are made better when you pour sugar on top of them. Grapefruit included. This was breakfast today. Cut grapefruit in two, put a tsp of brown sugar and small pat of butter on each half, and then bake at 400′ for about 15-20 min. The baking (and I suppose the […]

Green Smoothies

As someone who is a recently diagnosed borderline- anemic, I have started to look for more ways to incorporate more iron into my diet, without overloading on animals. You see, my extensive medical training has taught me that there are two different types of iron- ‘heme iron’ and ‘non-heme iron’. Heme iron is found in […]