Stir-Fried Collard Greens

summary: stir-fried collard greens; magnetic poetry for spring: RePoWriMo; today’s poem; (click on image for larger view)

collard greens I had great plans in February to rave immediately about collard greens stir-fried with garlic and anchovies. I even put a reminder to myself to do so:

Remind me to rave about collard greens stir-fried with garlic and anchovies!

-me, ‘augh!! major wordpress woes‘, blog from OUR kitchen, 21 February 2011

But winter trudged on and (as usual) I forgot to rave out loud. But, of course, I didn’t forget here. We’ve had collard greens like this often since. They’re fabulous.

The first night we had the collard greens was by mistake. We had planned on getting broccoli or rapini – to stir fry Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall style: with garlic and anchovies.

But both the broccoli and rapini at the store looked terrible. The collard greens, on the other hand, in the bin right beside those other sorry wilted greens looked fresh and wonderful.

We’d seen countless people’s advice to remove the ribs of the collard greens first. Why?! We simply chopped the leaves up – ribs and all – into bitesize pieces and stir-fried them.

They. Were. Delicious.

If you haven’t yet discovered the wonders of anchovies and garlic with stir-fried greens, race to the supermarket now and get a little tin of anchovies. (At our supermarket, they are in the refrigerated section with the pickles.) Pick up some collard greens while you’re there.

But before you head out, don’t forget to write your poem(s)! :-)

magnetic poetryRePoWriMo 2011

I had forgotten how fun magnetic poetry was! Here’s the game that we devised: choose ten twenty tiles randomly and then everyone creates poems from the same words. Make as many poems as you like with the tiles. Use as many of the tiles as you like for each poem. Our only rule is that each tile can only be used once per round. We also frown a little on punctuation. The box doesn’t provide it, after all….

Here are your tiles for round 3 in alphabetical order:

beneath chocolate cool delirious elaborate
frantic from it love lust
mad mean no one peach
repulsive sad shine then when

For more information about RePoWriMo, please read the following:


Of course, you will want to compose your poem before seeing what I did. Here is what I composed from the above words

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  • T

    chocolate lust
    frantic delirious love then no one
    beneath sad

    oooh Good subtext. -ejm

  • frantic from delirious chocolate lust
    no repulsive cool peach
    mad elaborate love
    then sad shine beneath

    I particularly like your first line, RW! -ejm

  • (I have to stop hitting “say it!” before I read your poem so I can comment! Peaches are having a bad time today, aren’t they? Poor things. I actually love them.) “frantic pew” is great!

    Thank you. I was quite pleased with myself for thinking of “frantic pew”. :-) And yes, peaches are one of my favourites too. Which is maybe why they are so disappointing when they’re not the best. -ejm

  • I love collard greens but never cooked them like this and I love the sound of it.

    (Love the poems too!)

    I think they’d be right up your alley this way, Kalyn. Do let me know what you think when you try it. -Elizabeth

  • Margaret D

    beneath frantic delerious lust
    shine elaborate love from one

    Wonderful, Margaret. Many thanks for playing. I love how different all the poems are. -Elizabeth

  • Love collard green, it’s delicious!

    We do too, Dewi! And I can’t believe we didn’t discover it sooner. -Elizabeth

  • Patricia

    MrB discovered collard greens while I was away for a week or so and we’ve been having them regularly ever since. We also like kale and other bitter greens.

    mad sad lust when

    no one love it

    beneath elaborate chocolate

    frantic from

    mean repulsive shine


    delirious cool peach

    They’re really great, aren’t they, Patricia? I now find myself standing at the vegetable store, staring at kale, rapini, collard greens, beet greens and chard and unable to decide which one to get. Each one is so good. -Elizabeth (excellent poem)

  • your sister barbara

    Kale, collard greens, beet greens, chard, spinach, all excellent. But just say no to rapini.

    • no love
    • sad
    • mean lust
    • mad
    • chocolate peach
    • delirious

    Oooh I like the use of the unordered list for your poem, B! Which is stellar. I think this is the best so far. -E (How can you say “no” to rapini? It’s so wonderful!)

  • your sister barbara

    I was pleased with the effect. I did it because I couldn’t figure out how to get a blank line after each pair of lines.

  • jim carner

    wonderful recipe but I dropped the anchovies and used small chunks of salmon.
    great food and many thanks