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A Good Break, Luscious Rain, and Catalan-style Silverbeet

Good morning, luvs! It is so good to be back, especially since Bear’s surgery went beautifully and he is healing up nicely. Such a relief. 🙂

I’m also happy because, after a couple years of tests and doctors and specialists, we’ve finally (fingers crossed!!) pinned down how to help me get better. I started a new medicine last week and I’m already feeling like a new woman. 🙂 It will take time to get back to full health and strength, but I’m on my way and that is worth celebrating.

We also got rain this week – glorious, luscious, marvelous rain that soaked deep into the earth and turned the landscape a lush green that positively glows in the late afternoon sun. The drought is well and truly over and we are so thankful.

Everything is beautiful, everything, and I find myself stopping in front of the windows all day long to take it in.

I love how heavy rains like this turn our farm into a bit of Ireland with vivid greens and lichen-covered rocks.

We’ve been eating lots of nourishing things: fiber-rich breads, hearty stews, and Catalan-style Silverbeet.

Normally this dish uses spinach, but I like using massive leaves of silverbeet (known as Swiss Chard in North America). Simply steam the trimmed silverbeet and while it’s cooking, saute garlic slices in olive oil until they just begin to get a hint of color. Remove them to a paper towel and give them a quick salting (they give a lovely bit of crunch to the dish). In the same oil, saute a handful of sultanas or currants or cranberries or any other dried fruit you fancy, and a handful of pine nuts. Cook until the fruit plumps up and the nuts turn golden brown. Drain and chop the silverbeet and add it to the pan, tossing gently to incorporate oil, nuts, and fruit. Serve warm topped with the crispy garlic or a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

What is your favorite nourishing food this week?

Catalan Style Silverbeet


1 bunch silverbeet, washed, rib removed
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup sultanas or currants or cranberries
1/3 cup pine nuts
Optional: Parmesan cheese


  1. In large pot, steam silverbeet until tender, drain and chop into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In large frying pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat.
  3. Add garlic and fry gently just until it gets a bit of color. Remove to paper towel and salt.
  4. Add fruit and nuts to pan, fry until fruit plumps and nuts brown.
  5. Add silverbeet and fry 1-2 minutes, stirring gently to incorporate oil, fruit, and nuts.
  6. Serve warm with toasted garlic and/or sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
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Krista - Thanks very, very much, Tandy. 🙂 I’m so thankful and hopeful. 🙂

Krista - It IS yummy, paradis! 🙂 You really can’t go wrong adding those two ingredients, can you? 🙂

Krista - Thanks for celebrating the rain with us, Hotly Spiced! It is a glorious thing indeed. 🙂 And we’re both so thankful for the improvements in our health. A lot to celebrate this week. 🙂

Krista - Aren’t they the CHEERIEST gummies, Anna?! 🙂 I just love them. 🙂 Kale in everything sounds so healthy and nourishing. 🙂 XO

Ken Powell - Late on the scene, but can I add my ‘good news’ message here – hope you are both back to 100% really soon.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - So glad you are on medication that is working for you!

mlleparadis - Glad to hear it’s been a good week. That swiss chard looks yummy – two of my favorite things in there: pine nuts and currants. Happy Weekend!


Hotly Spiced - I’m so pleased to hear you have had some rain. I was thinking of you when I heard of all the rain up north and I was hoping it was reaching those on the land. I’m glad Bear is recovering well and also pleased to hear of your new medication. Great that it’s working well for you xx

Anna Johnston - I adore your Gummies Miss Thang, they are gorgeous. 🙂 Good to hear your Bear is getting better and that the docs have finally found the right meds. Hmmm… My fav nourishing food this week, I love Kale, so I have been including with all meals. Yum. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos too. I always feel so relaxed after visiting your blog. Have a great week sweets. xxx

Krista - Can you believe it, @disqus_v9uRgGTGfe:disqus ? To actually see REAL progress and improvement? I don’t know what to do with myself. 🙂 xo

Krista - Isn’t the green amazing, @BessV:disqus ? I’m in awe. 🙂

Krista - Thank you for happy dancing for us, @lizposmyk:disqus 🙂 That makes my day. 🙂

Krista - Thank you, @kimlivlife:disqus 🙂 I know it will take time for both of us, but at least we’re moving in the right direction. 🙂 xo

Krista - Oh goodness, @thefisherlady:disqus 🙂 That sounds absolutely delicious!!! 🙂 I’d happily tuck into that meal. 🙂

Krista - I hope you like it, @disqus_BaUyvMeZWo:disqus 🙂 Of all the spinach recipes I’ve tried, this one is our favorite and we have it almost weekly. 🙂

Krista - I feel bursting with happiness, @breannemosher:disqus , so it delights me that it shows. 🙂 XO

Krista - Yes, so much hopeful news around here lately, @wanderingsheila:disqus 🙂 I’m so thankful. xo

Maureen Shaw - OMG both of you on the way to perfect health? What wonderful news on this gloriously sunny morning. I’m so happy for you both.

Liz Posmyk - Hi Krista, that’s great news about Bear… and you too! Happy dance. Love this post… I have plenty of spinach in the garden so might give this a try! : )

Bess V. - That rain definitely enlivened the landscape–beautiful! And those are some pretty cute boots!

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Kim - Liv Life - I’m so happy you are both feeling well!! Fingers crossed this new med will do the trick for you and also that Bear will be up and around soon.
I’ve not heard of silverbeat… I’m intrigued!! It looks fabulous. As do all your photos! Just gorgeous, gorgeous photos!

thefisherlady - glad for the lovely report~ I love your merry heart, and… that photo of the raindrops on the branch… exsquisite!
I am off for lovely toasted everykind of grain/homemade bread with a lovely herbed goat cheese and avocado…. and a cuppa fresh goat yogurt… with home canned plums…

Ginger L - That sounds delicious! I pinned it for later – and I’m going to try it. 🙂 I honestly don’t know if our Kansas grocery store carries Swiss chard, but I’ll find out. 🙂

P.S. Your boots are to die for!

Breanne @ This Vintage Moment - So much happy! It bursts through your words and pictures, it makes me happy. And that silver beet recipe, yum!

Cathy - So good to hear that Bear is getting better, you’ve got new medicine Krista, rain has come and that silverbeet looks so tasty 🙂

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