I have been "devouring" the newest Barbara Kingsolver book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle which chronicles her family's year-long adventure in limiting themselves to eating what they can grow themselves or procure from local producers. What they find, and what I know to be true from my own experience, is that the limitation is no sacrifice. Food grown locally is better for you and just plain tastes better.
I am only about half-way through the book so far, but one feature that I have been enjoying is the recipes provided by Camille, Kingsolver's college-aged daughter. We have made this spring-inspired recipe twice now, to rave reviews from all. I don't know where my swiss-chard comes from right now, but I'm glad it's spring somewhere!
I'll be blogging more about this book, but I wanted to share this recipe and see if anyone else has read this book. What are your food-purchasing practices? How available is local food to you? What is your motivation in the choices that you make about food? (Money, location grown, organic...?)
EGGS IN A NEST
(This recipe makes dinner for a family of four, but can easily be cut in half.)
2 cups uncooked brown rice
Cook rice with 4 cups water in a covered pot while other ingredients are being
Olive oil – a few tbsp
1 medium onion, chopped, and garlic to taste
Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil in a wide skillet until lightly golden.
1⁄2 cup dried tomatoes
Add and sauté for a few more minutes, adding just enough water to rehydrate the
1 really large bunch of chard, coarsely chopped
Mix with other vegetables and cover pan for a few minutes. Uncover, stir well,
then use the back of a spoon to make depressions in the cooked leaves, circling
the pan like numbers on a clock.
Break an egg into each depression, being careful to keep yolks whole. Cover
pan again and allow eggs to poach for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and
serve over rice.