Friday, June 8, 2012

Just for Jean


What's that growing in my garden? No, you are not seeing things. That's kale.

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you probably know I don't like kale. I have tried really, really hard, but I really, really don't like it.

My friend Jean, on the other hand, loves kale and thinks I should too, because it's so darn good for me. She's right, of course, and when I read that my go-to greens (spinach and chard) contain enough oxalic acid to add to my struggle with arthritis, I knew it was time to get over whatever feelings I may have about kale and just start eating the darn stuff.

So now there are two lovely rows of kale in my garden - Red Russian and Lacinto - and here is a photo, just for Jean.

And now I need some good ideas. What's your favourite way to eat kale?

10 comments:

Paula said...

Instructions for my favorite way to eat kale here: http://weedingforgodot.blogspot.com/2010/05/playing-horticulture.html It's several paragraphs down.

picture here: http://weedingforgodot.blogspot.com/2011/03/pasta-and-homegrown-greens.html

I've been trying to get you to try this for years now (ok- maybe not that long). Can you get gluten-free pasta?

Miriam said...

I can definitely get gluten-free pasta. In fact I have some quinoa pasta in the cupboard right now. I'm going to give your favourite recipe a try!

I think part of my aversion might be because I left harvesting too long in the past, so the kale was pretty tough. That was when I saved everything for a special occasion, instead of eating it!

kara said...

With sausage and pasta! My go-to recipe involves kale, and some kind of Italian sausage (removed from casings) over pasta. That's it. Three ingredients! If I'm feeling fancy, I might add garlic, or tomatoes, or something else.

Also, kale with bacon and brie. So rich, but so delicious! Here is the recipe for that one:

http://www.eatliverun.com/spaghetti-with-kale-bacon-and-brie-cheese/

YUM!

backyardfeast said...

This recipe made even my greens-averse husband into a kale lover:

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2011/11/kale-and-brussels-sprout-salad

Yup, kale and brussel sprout salad. It's DELICIOUS. And we've tried it with a variety of kales and other greens, so adapt as necessary.

The other Italian secret to enjoying kale is to blanch it first. Dunk it in boiling water for a few minutes until it goes tender; this gets rid of all the bitterness. Then if you want to you can toss it with olive oil, garlic, chilies, whatever you want. Tastes completely different, and you can use the bright green water left over for soup stock...

Miriam said...

This is excellent - thank you all so much! I am going to try every single recipe just as soon as my kale grows a little bit more!

jeanives said...

I'm so PROUD! And in this morning's TC an article about kale, with some recipes, and a book reference: The Book of Kale by Sharon Hanna. (don't forget the kale salad recipe I've been trying to sell you for 2 years)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hello Miriam!! I'm afraid I'll be no help with Kale--My favorite way to fix it, is to fix something else instead... :-)

Kris said...

Ok, good for you for wanting to eat kale. Here are a few ways I eat it and don't even know it's in there. Make a smoothie and add a handful of kale. So good. You might want to add a T. of honey. Also I saute any kind of veggie, like onions, mushrooms, peppers, squash, zuchinni, then add a few big handsful of kale about 5 minutes before adding beaten eggs and then my homemade feta cheese and some good chucky salsa or bruschetta tomatoes on top and pop in the oven til set. Now you talk about some GOOD eating right there! And I have cooked some slightly spicy sausage with onions, peppers, mushrooms in a little olive oil til done and put over some good noodles. I have used GF noodles too. And you can add to soups. The possibilities are endless really. Use your imagination and go for it! Can you tell I love kale? I grow it in my garden and sell it at the market and people don't know what to do with it. This is what I tell them.

phylliso said...

I cannot seem to grow kale & I love it.My father made sure we lived off of it during the summer.We cooked it-boiled- with bacon till tender,then sprinkle some vinegar on it,phyllis

farmhousewife said...

Love all the suggestions; especially the vegetable stir-fry's - I do this with swiss chard, broccoli leaves, brussel's sprouts leaves, etc!

Kale; it's the new beef! (saw that at a farmers' market on a t-shirt!)

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