My favorite food is...well. It is my favorite food that is "GOOD" for me. ( I could name dozens of others, normally found on the desert menu at Friendly's)
This is an Italian recipee that I rediscovered in my own brain. It came out of the great depression. I put memories together of grandmother and Aunts talking and cooking, and my own mother telling me things that she was taught by these Italian ladies.
So, the ladies of that time had to learn to feed their families with Whatever they could find, and the brunt of the Italians around during the depression were immigrants of less than twenty years and mostly living in the cities, and not many edible foods grow in the city. The Italians had already lost everything they owned in moving away from Italy, and then here's this depression and no one had anything to eat. So, while the men worked ANY job they could find, or looked for work all the rest of the time, the women went in fields behind factories, along roadsides, and picked Dandelion leaves and (what my Aunt called) "Brocleez" but I think that was wild mustard leaves. They picked other greens too, but I don't recall what they were
Sometimes, this would be the ONLY food that got put on the table and so the women doing the cooking had to learn cheap ways to make this stuff taste good enough to get their picky children to be willing to choke it down.
BUT the recipee was lost, because when the depression was over, you can bet these folks never wanted to look at that stuff ever again after eating that for so long! But I got it by remembering stories and bits and peices of conversation. So, here's the recipee that I created from it, or remembered. It is a very OPEN ended recipee by the way due to the fact that you have to be able to use what you can get a hold of.
What you need:
A large skillet
A few tablespoons of oil, butter, lard, shortening, ANYTHING that is oil/grease (I recommend olive oild for the health benefits though)
Salt and Pepper Any other herb or spice you have in your collection is fair game. (I am very fond of using about a tsp of basil, or 3/4 fresh leaves ripped up.
Vinegar or Lemon juice, or Lime juice, or some liquid with a tart flavor. I hear some people used liquor or wine.
Some kind of a vegetable with a potent flavor like garlic, onion, horse radish, Jalepeno, --anything you can find that is strong in flavor. you need about a half a Jalepeno, or one small onion, or about 5 cloves of garic.
A big pile of greens: (About 6 cups) You can use spinach, radish leaves, mustard greens, any kind of dark colored lettuce, or mixture, or leafy plant matter that is edible. You can use cabbage or other hard leafed vegetables but you just have to cook it a lot longer to make it chewable which means the strong flavored vegetable would not be put in until the hard leaves were nearly done.
First, chop up the strong vegetable into very small peices, leave it to sit for about ten mins. (I don't know why, its just how it was done.) Wash the greens and shake the water off, leave them to sit on a towel for a short time to drain. heat the oil in the skillet to Med/low (#3 on a scale of 1-10 with 10 hottest). Put the strong veggie bits in the skillet and let them get their flavor into the oil. About the time you can really smell the strong flavor, then dump all the greens in the skillet. Turn up the heat to medium Stir the leaves around every couple minutes. When it starts to wilt pour on about 2 TBS of the strong flavored liquid you have, (Lemon or Vinegar) (A bit less with lemon, and more with vinegar or wine)
Keep stirring and toss in a few shakes of salt and pepper and any other herbs you may like to try. To begin with, I suggest you just use herbs one at a time.
Note: This is done when YOU decide the leaves are cooked enough.
I have seen this recipee used for all kinds of green leafy vegetables, but also I have seen other vegetables used, like broccoli, brussels sprouts, artichokes...and I bet the sky is the limit.
You can also add just about anything you like, almonds, sunflower seeds, chick peas, beans, cut up tomatoes, bits of lean chicken,...the sky is the limit, have fun and eat your greens! They're good for you!
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