recipe: Gardener's brunch: Greens, eggs - no ham
For a quick brunch, I cut up a large vidalia onion. I sauteed the onion in olive oil for a few minutes, and then put the lid to let the onion continue to steam in the pan while I gathered the greens.
When I headed out into the garden, I took along our well-loved salad spinner as a bowl to gather kale of various types as well as a few other greens. I prepared the greens as I harvested, taking out the central ribs of the kale and tearing them into medium-sized pieces. We are growing regular, curly and dinosaur kale; they cook and taste pretty much the same so my harvesting pattern is to take a leaf or two from each plant.
I also picked some broccoli rabe (or rapini), a plant that I like even if I’m not exactly sure what to do with it. Much of the broccoli rabe had gone to flower, but then I trimmed it back so we have continued to gather leaves. As well, I gathered up some lamb’s quarters, a wild green that we have become very fond of, that is easy to identify, plentiful, and rich in nutrients.
In the kitchen, I gave the greens a thorough rinse and a spin in the salad spinner. It’s not necessary or even a good idea to get them completely dry; a bit of moisture on the leaves helps with the cooking and steaming process.
With the pan hot again, add all of the greens at once. Initially, it looks like way too many greens, but they shrink as the cook, so don’t be deceived. Stir to keep the greens moving and the heat distributed and so the greens do not stick. We like them firm but tender, so cook until they are wilted but not mushy, about 5 minutes. I added a tablespoon of soy sauce at the end to season the greens. Put the lid on so the greens continue to cook while the eggs are prepared.
We like eggs sunny-side up with greens, but any pan-prepared egg would work as well.
Plate up the meal with greens on the bottom and top with eggs. Salt and pepper as desired.
In short order, we enjoyed our greens and eggs on the front porch — and didn’t miss the ham.
Janice and Jim Leach tend a backyard plot in downtown Ann Arbor, where they try to grow as many vegetables and other plants as possible. For the last five years, they’ve published gardening tips, photos and stories at their 20 Minute Garden website.