Swiss Chard and Apples go Together Beautifully

Not Far From the Treesummary: Swiss Chard and Apples; lost and found; garden wealth – or not; scarlet runner beans; information about Not Far From the Tree

I was going to display a photo of the stunningly beautiful pan. I took about 5 shots from various angles. But yesterday, when we went to fetch the photos from the camera, inexplicably, all of those pictures were missing. They just disappeared!
-me, Mostly-Wordless Not-Wednesday: The Glass is Greener…

I’m not allowed to complain about the disgraceful humidity and heat right now (considering how vociferously I railed against the bitter cold last winter).

Besides, I’m finally moving out of complaining mode; after hours of struggling, my blog is back on-line again!! Yay.

And. It’s raining at last! Maybe this will bring us a break….

And. While I was searching around for solutions to the nightmare of having my blog go offline yet again, T called to me from his computer.

he: Hey! Are these the photos you’ve been whining about?
me: Which ones?
he: There’s a bunch of red peppers in a frying pan.
me: [jumping up and down with joy] Yes!! Those are the ones!

Swiss Chard and apples

Whoohooooo! The lost has been found!!!

The weird thing is that we even used one of those free recovery programs to look deep into the camera at photos that had been recently deleted. There was no sign of them there….

When I was whining about losing the photos, I forgot to mention that along with the Swiss chard, sliced (but unpeeled) apples, red pepper, green chilies, thinly sliced onion, brown mustard seeds, garlic, rice vinegar and tarragon from the garden, I also added about 7 scarlet runner beans.

I’m always amazed to see the colour change. The beans are quite red inside the pod. But almost the moment they hit the heat, they turn a dull puce-tinged beige. They taste great though.

Scarlet Runner Bean
Swiss Chard, Scarlet Runner Beans and Apples

I can’t believe there weren’t more Scarlet runner beans to add. The plants are very lush and have been covered in lovely red flowers….

The green chili plants, on the other hand, are not particularly lush and are adorned with only a few little white flowers.

Sigh. I was so looking forward to having fiery red chillies from our garden!

But. What was that about no complaints? Oh yes, now I remember!

As I said before, the dish with the Swiss Chard was spectacularly beautiful [and] spectacularly delicious.

I cannot wait until the Swiss Chard and Scarlet Runner Beans proliferate more….

The Scarlet Runner Bean has also been called the Oregon Lima Bean, Aycoctl by the Aztecs, and Ayocote by the Spanish. It’s native to Central America and has escaped cultivation in many areas. This bean is still on the home kitchen menu in its original range but the rest of the world grows it as an ornamental. Lots of folks also use it as a nectar attraction for hummingbirds and butterflies. Historically, Scarlet Runner Bean was in English and early American gardens by the 1600s. […] Under right conditions the Scarlet Runner Bean is the most productive of all the planted beans. […]
Scarlet Runner Beans produce many-color seeds […]
I have planted [Scarlet Runner Beans] to climb guy wires near local telephone poles. It’s a win win win as they say. The ugly wire is covered with an attractive vine and blossom, I get to harvest the bean without having to give up any space or create a trellis, and the birds and bees are happy.
-Green Deane, Eat the Weeds and other things, too | Scarlet Runner Beans

Scarlet Runner Beans


Not Far From the Tree Not Far From the Tree

“Not Far From the Tree” is a Toronto organization that includes a residential fruit-picking program to pick fruit (with permission, of course) that would otherwise go to waste.

There are lots and lots of fruit trees in Toronto!! Bearing fruit that is eaten by birds, squirrels and raccoons. If you have such a tree and would like the animals to share the fruit with people, please do contact “Not Far From the Tree”. They will send a team of pickers to clean up your yard of fallen fruit and pick the good fruit that is still in the tree. The harvested fruit is divided evenly into 3 portions: one third going to the tree owners, one third going to the volunteer pickers and the final third going to food banks, shelters, and community kitchens.

For more information about NFFtT and how you can donate your time and/or share your fruit, please go to

And if you like apples, please be sure to go to the annual City Cider event at Spadina House, Toronto.

Not Far From the Tree - City Cider wp-att-2269

Beneath colourful flags, amongst crowds and laughter, with ethereal melodies echoing from beyond a grand garden, rickety direction posts pointing the way to festive places, kids with painted faces, croquet, crafts and bee hives, cider pressed from apples that grew above us, the hard stuff poured by the hands that made it. This September will mark the 5th Annual City Cider Festival, Toronto’s premier fruit harvest celebration and fundraiser for Not Far From the Tree.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 | 12 to 5 pm – rain or shine
Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Road, Toronto

$8 in advance | $10 at the gate
FREE for children under 12

Admission includes museum entrance!




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