Selma’s Ruby Chard, Shitake Mushroom and Chestnut Tart

I’d like to add another post dedicated to Selma as I wanted to keep it food-related.  As we all know, Selma was the “Culinary Queen”.  I always loved how she talked about finding ingredients in her cupboard and adding them in her dishes giving a surprise element to the final product.  I loved reading her stories about her son Jake and his friends, about organizing events, her gadabouts through parts of London that she favored, her taste for ethnic foods and markets.  It was all part and parcel of what Selma was and how she came across.  She reached out to so many folks via the blogging world, helping new bloggers like myself, and making them feel welcome.

I had so many questions for her and she always responded like she had all the time in the world for you.  I believe she introduced quite a few folks to Fiesta Friday, she taught me blogging etiquette, she encouraged me to co-host, “as that would be a good way to get to know everyone”, in her words.  When Angie wrote that she was probably the one who co-hosted the most, I was not surprised.    She gave so much of herself, yet we were never to know how much pain or suffering she endured.  She never needed pity, she just went about her life.  Let’s give pause to celebrate a life that was so full, yet so short – I wish I could live by her example.

To remember Selma, I made her Ruby Chard, Shitake Mushroom and Chestnut Tart  a couple of days after her death.  Making this tart and thinking of her was my way of coming to terms with her passing. I know she would be well pleased with the outcome.  Of course, it helped that the swiss chard came from the garden, she loved cooking with fresh produce and herbs.  I added some tangy thai basil from the garden too.

Thanks Angie for creating such a wonderful environment here, and also for being able to come together as food lovers and bloggers to honor Selma.  Thanks also to Selma’s friends for being here for support.  Elaine@foodbod Jhuls@thenotsocreativecook and Sue@birgerbird.

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51 comments

  1. When I read your comment about how many questions you had for Selma, and I think about how many messages I sent her, and everyone else, she really was amazing to have answered us all every time! What a star she was 🙂 lovely to see your version of her recipe xx

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    1. Indeed a star she was, she made you feel like you were the only one she was responding to. When I read all the tributes coming in who say the same, I feel guilty for badgering her with those multitude of questions :))

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  2. Good God does this ever look delicious! You made a recipe and sent a song, thank you so much! I have to try this tart because it looks insanely good. Yum. Selma would be proud!

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    1. I have only started cooking with Swiss chard this year Judi, and that too just because it is in the garden. I made a quiche with it, and now this tart from selmas blog. Love the color it imparts.

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    1. It was great Julie, all thanks to Selma’s blog and the legacy she’s left behind. By the way I baked your oatmeal applesauce bread this evening as I had all the ingredients, I also added walnuts, it was yummy! I may have to freeze half of it oe I’d be tempted to eat it all in a day 🙂

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      1. Thank you for letting me know! I need to push myself away from the table! I’ve been over doing it and am feeling a bit plump. I can’t even blame blogging. No one ever said I had to eat the whole darned thing or try and keep up with John who works out like a mad man. Oh well, tomorrow’s another day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  3. What a lovely tribute to our Selma, Loretta. 🙂 So glad that Selma is bringing me to you & vice versa even though she is with us only in our memory. I would love to make this savoury tart as soon as possible. So glad to have ‘met’ you. 🙂

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    1. Aww, thanks so much. You are the genius who made the herb salt with those gorgeous photos? Just wonderful, so glad we crossed paths through Selma. How do I follow your blog? I couldn’t find a spot to sign up.

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  4. What a wonderful tribute Loretta. It is so true all that you said about Selma -she really always made me feel so welcome and always had time to respond to everyone making it seem that she had so much time in her hands. And all this while keeping all her sufferings only to herself.She was really the epitome of large heartedness and generosity.

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  5. I asked her so many questions, too. I cannot even remember some of them. Loretta, Selma would have been so happy with this version of yours – it looks absolutely good! Thanks for being a part of Selma’s tribute. x

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    1. Well, you too are always so helpful Jhuls, especially to newcomers. So you should take some of the credit too. Selma was just such a sweet lady, the blogging community will definitely miss her dearly.

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  6. Loretta, that is a beautiful tribute to Selma. I should say I am sorry to have been missing your post in between as my reader is skips showing me my initial followers posts and I keep missing out on a lot of them. Need to figure it out.

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    1. No worries Nandini – I was away myself and quite busy, but I just came together for Selma’s tribute. Thanks for stopping by. You have so many followers, it would be hard for you to acknowledge each and everyone :). I just belong to FF, and don’t really do any other social media sites except FB, so even though it is a lot of work, it is manageable. I can’t imagine how you keep up with yours, bravo! xo

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    1. Thanks so much Fae, such great memories to cherish whenever we visit her blog and try out something new eh? I’ve been MIA for a while, but I hope to catch up with everyone pretty soon. xoxo

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    1. Thanks Donna, she frequented Fiesta Friday a lot and was one of a kind, always making new bloggers feel welcome, and helping everyone, all the while battling cancer and not many of us were aware of it. It came as quite a shock. I finally posted my urban garden post today, and I did tag your blog, so I hope you got a pingback.

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    1. Thanks, one can do so much with swiss chard, I made a quiche with it too, love all the rainbow colors that some of them produce. I finally posted on my urban garden today and tagged you, so your blog should get a ping back.

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  7. The perfect recipe that encapsulates EVERYTHING about Selma 🙂 Fresh Ingredients, big flavours and delicious outcome! She definitely would have loved this…
    I found it wonderful reading her blog over and over again trying to decide on a recipe (from such an extensive choice to choose from)!

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    1. Thanks Dini, what a loss to our Fiesta Friday crowd…my heart bleeds every time I think of her. Still, we have a wonderful blog that she’s left behind, she was so helpful to so many folks, I admired her spirit and her courage even though she was going through so much both mentally and physically. She was a saint! Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Thanks Caroline, it was truly delicious, she always knew how to blend so many flavors beautifully. I need to go back and visit the tribute page, I’m sure they’ve been a few more tributes since I last visited. Thanks for stopping by. xoxo

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  8. Love this Swiss chard & mushroom tart Lotetta! A great choice from Selma’s recipes! I loved reading her posts too. It was like she was sharing some important parts of her life with us! She was always very good to me. I will miss her.

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    1. Yes for sure Suchitra, thanks for stopping by and reading my tribute to her – I was greedy, I wrote 2. She had such an impact on all our lives didn’t she, and shared so willingly so much of hers, except the dreaded disease. It makes you wonder doesn’t it? Such a wonderful human being.

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