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How to store Orach: in the fridge in a bag, use within a few days.
Cooking Greens Recipes || Spinach Recipes || Andy's Orach Article called Red Greens at the Ladybug Letter
Orach is an older variety of spinach; the red leaves are great for salads or cooked, just like the hybrid spinach we are all used to.
This tender purple cooking green can also be enjoyed in a salad on it's own or with a green lettuce for dramatic presentation.
Dressing: Whirl in a blender: 1 clove roughly chopped garlic pinch salt 1 teaspoon (scant) dijon mustard 2 teaspoons plum jam or any other jam available 4 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil Dress washed orach leaves with dressing. Add other chopped vegetables as desired.
Orachy ‘Green Sauce'
Green sauce is a common and ages-old early spring recipe, adapt to what you have on hand.
2 cups mixed greens, you can use orach, green garlic, beet greens, chard, arugula, celery leaves, nasturtium leaves, almost any other green herb from your garden... The sky's the limit. 1 clove garlic or 1 shallot or 3 scallion bottoms, chopped fine 1/2 cup cottage cheese 1/2 cup yogurt or sour cream S & P & lemon juice to taste Put all ingredients in a mortar and pestle or a food processor and mash/whirl til desired consistency. This sauce can be a soup embellishment, a potato topper, a risotto flavoring, etc. Experiment and enjoy.
This is a mainstay and most tender cooking greens work.
2 cups cleaned and lightly chopped orach leaves
1 onion, chopped (you can use chopped garlic instead, but add it later so it doesn't burn)
S & P to taste
Olive oil to taste
2 cups hot cooked pasta, twirly shapes work best, the greens don't mix well with long straight spaghetti and fettucine fancy but optional additions: roasted pine nuts or walnuts, crumbled blue or other cheese, grated parmesan, etc.
Saute the onion/garlic in the moderately hot oil (about 1-2 Tablespoons) til soft, add the greens and the S & P. Add garlic now if you're using it. Cook until the greens are wilted, about 2 minutes, depending on how hot your pan is. Mix with the hot pasta, and optional additions if you're using any of them. Serve.
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