Lemon Braised Rainbow Chard

Rainbow chard is a vitamin packed and versatile vegetable, used here with generous amounts of lemon, garlic and herbs to produce an aromatic side, created for Miele by chef and owner of The Modern Pantry, Anna Hansen, MBE.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

800g chard stalks, washed – keep the leaves and wash too

150ml olive oil

Zest of 2 lemons, peeled with a potato peeler and finely chopped

Juice of 2 lemons

45g garlic, finely sliced

1 red chilli split lengthways

2 tsp chopped rosemary

A decent pinch of saffron (optional)

Salt & pepper

  1. Using a sharp paring knife separate the stems of the chard from its leaves. Cut the stalks into 2 inch lengths. Roughly shred the chard leaves but keep separate.

  2. In a saucepan large enough to hold the chard heat the olive oil over moderate heat. Add the lemon zest and leave to bubble for one minute then add the garlic, chilli and rosemary. When the garlic begins to caramelise add the chard stalks, lemon juice, the saffron and a decent pinch of salt. Stir well, cover with a lid, reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 3-4 minutes or until the stalks are tender.

  3. To finish, add the leaves and continue to cook until they too are tender. Check seasoning adding more lemon juice if you like as well as salt and pepper.

About the Author

Canadian born Anna Hansen, MBE grew up in New Zealand and first trained as a chef under Fergus Henderson in 1992; later spending time working with Peter Gordon at Green Street and The Sugar Club. In 2001, Anna partnered with Peter Gordon once more and opened the award-winning restaurant, The Providers, which she left in 2005 to develop The Modern Pantry. Since opening its doors to critical acclaim in 2008, the restaurant has gained numerous accolades, with an accompanying cookbook, “The Modern Pantry Cookbook”. In 2012 Anna was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for her services to the restaurant industry. Anna was attracted to the versatility of Miele appliances, allowing her to experiment in her kitchen at home with new recipes. Her favourite appliances are her Miele steam oven and Combi-Set Tepan Yaki as they perfectly suit her exciting fusion cooking style.

Anna Hansen