Because there was Silverbeet

February 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

I went to a friend’s house the other day and there in their front garden was the biggest chilli bush I had ever seen. It was about one and a half metres tall and covered in chillies red and green. Apparently they grow like this in the tropics and apparently that is just the kind of summer we have had here in Melbourne whilst I have been away. Tropical at 37 degrees south! Everything is growing, growing and growing. The grass fluorescent green is impossible to keep restrained, the tomatoes race to rot before they are picked and the silverbeet with huge happy leaves laughs in the rain and sun.

I woke up this morning and new I couldn’t ignore it any longer. It needed eating. And because it is the middle of the week it needed to be something quick and easy. So here is something very simple for a fresh summer breakfast when you want something a bit more than just toast or muesli.

Silverbeet and Tomatoes with Lemon and Almonds on Sourdough (serves 2)

Olive oil

2 cloves garlic roughly chopped

1 tsp fresh ginger roughly chopped

6 – 8 big silverbeet leaves washed and roughly chopped

A big handful of tomatoes roughly chopped

2 Tbsp tamari (if you don’t have tamari soy sauce will do)

A lemon

Small handful of almonds roughly chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet, lightly sauté the garlic and ginger in a little oil. Add the silverbeet and cook until it just starts to wilt. Add the tomatoes and tamari and continue to cook until the tomatoes just begin to become soft but still hold their shape. Season with salt and pepper. Serve on sourdough toast with a squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkle of almonds.

Enjoy your day!!

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