My pursuits of the perfect Saag have taken me far and wide. I’ve tried many a recipe in my kitchen, some my own, some belonging to those far more well-versed in Indian cooking. My efforts have brought forth this dish, reminiscent of the saag at my favorite Indian restaurant, but tweaked for my Brooklyn kitchen. Instead of spinach I used rainbow chard because it was local, fresh and calling to me with jewel-toned legs amidst the shrubbery of the produce aisle. Two bunches may look like a lot when you stick it in your cart, but chard (like every leafy green) cooks down to nothing. Ergo, buy more than you think you need.
Whether we plan it or not, we all wake up with an extra body in our beds from time to time. No need to panic, either escort your drowsy guest to the door or fire up the griddle and get some breakfast on the table. Here's your full menu for the morning after, bacon, pancakes, good music, and a brilliant little quip from James Beard.