CHARD RHAPSODY

Chard Rhapsody is an unusual toast with braised chard and herb tofu. The pyrotechnically coloured stalks and leaves of Swiss Chard are high in Vitamin K, A, C and magnesium, manganese, iron, potassium. Chard reminds me not only of my childhood in Italy but also of the way such vitamins and minerals are crucial in maintaining hormonal balance. I think I am walking in a march with a big group of friends of all sexes where we shout joyfully, “Women, let’s eat chard!” I feel a deep connection with the menopausal whale species mentioned when praising toasts with avocados in the previous post. Women -and whales- are terribly important for physical and mental health of their sons and daughters. I think of my youth in the mighty eighties, when toasts were very rudimentary: white bread from a plastic package, processed cheese and a slice of ham. We had it as an afternoon snack. Chard was hated by nearly everyone, a vegetable that only adults enjoyed. Now it is all different and for the better. I like to recall those times by re-creating their psychedelic picture of pinks, yellows, reds, purple and green, on top of which a sprinkling of cubic tofu stars is the white and proteic substance this toast was lacking from. Let’s drain and coat the tofu with herbs before launching it in the dark of the oven.

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY DI BIETA IN PADELLA SU TOAST

Le mamme ci chiamavano dalla finestra mentre ci azzuffavamo in cortile e noi salivamo le scale di corsa e sudati, dove ci aspettava in cucina o un ciambellone fatto in casa con la variante di pane e nutella (per chi amava il dolce), o tristemente, se ci piaceva di più il salato, uno squallido toast fatto con pane in cassetta, sottilette e un corpo estraneo “cotto” di colore rosaceo. In sottofondo c’erano i Queen, che ci gasavano ancora di più e ci invogliavano a mangiarne due. A volte per cena c’era la bieta, che forse odiavamo, ma poi si cambia, e siamo diventati adoratori di verdure. Nella famiglia “Beta vulgaris” ci sono anche i cugini spinaci, che ci venivano imboccati da Braccio di Ferro ma non vantano gli stessi colori psichedelici della nostra adolescenza anni ottanta! In vena di rapsodie colorate e musicali, un po’ di luce alla bieta! Al languor di proteine accorriamo con cubetti di tofu alle erbe.

I Queen li ascoltiamo ancora sorridendo, ma i toast li abbiamo reinventati in un piacere raffinato, saporito e meno crudele.

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