Monday, March 8, 2010

A Tale of Kale

kale chips!

The Man of Science often dreams that he is escaping some kind of dangerous, post-apocalyptic situation with all of our pets in tow. "Your dog couldn't climb the ladder into the helicopter," he'll tell me upon waking.

Me? I awoke on Saturday fresh from a dream about a fridge full of kale. Clearly my subconscious is a different kind of place.

I figured the deep meaning of the dream was that I should eat some kale. So, on my way back from the "Seedy Saturday" seed exchange, I stopped at Rainbow Foods and got two nice bunches of black kale. When I dropped it on the counter at the cash the man in line behind me tapped me on the shoulder.

"How do you cook that stuff?" he asked, warily.

"Unh..." I was caught off guard, "Well, I was planning to take this home and make some kale chips. But you can also steam it, or braise it..."

He went on to tell me that he finds the texture of both chard and kale too tough to enjoy. I was a bit baffled, since I am a devotee of both kale and chard. I counseled him to cut the stems off before he cooked with it, then paid for my vegetables and left the store.

At home I made a huge batch of kale chips and ate them all, wondering how someone could not like kale. Especially in chip form when it becomes so light and crunchy it practically disappears when you put it in your mouth. These kinds of chips were all over the internet for a while, but if you haven't tried them yet, I strongly recommend that you do. Soon. Like right now.

pre-kale chips

Kale Chips

2 cups kale (any kind will do, but I like black kale best)
2 tsp olive oil
2 pinches of kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut kale leaves into two or three pieces each. De-stem them if you have the kind of kale with tough stems.

Wash leaves and dry them thoroughly.

Spread leaves on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt.

Bake for 10 minutes, longer if leaves are still soft. They should be crisp and starting to brown.

Let cool for a few minutes and then be nice and share them with your loved ones.

Window Sill Sunday

Some Notes:

-Perhaps you were wondering what Mary is doing with the cookbook she won in my first ever giveaway. Well, here is her post about her impressively intricate cookbook use system and the first recipe she made from her new copy of Veganomicon.

-Has anyone else tried Celestial Seasonings Vanilla Strawberry Rose tea? I bought a box on a whim when I saw it in a store and fell in love at first sip. Then it was gone. It seemed to have been on special display for Valentine's Day and then, poof! Gone. I had a similar problem with Stash's Pumpkin Pie Spice tea. Also delicious, also gone. Anyway, this (somewhat benign) story has a happy ending because this weekend when I was grocery shopping I nearly fell over a giant rack full of the Vanilla Strawberry Rose tea. I bought two boxes. That should hold me for a while. I highly recommend it. And the Stash Pumpkin Pie Spice tea. But not the Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane holiday tea. That stuff tastes like cardboard.

-Ottawegian readers, allow me to remind you about the Reel Food Film Festival that is coming up this month. All of the films look great and I'm excited that the screenings are taking place at the Public Library. See you there!


This Time Last Year: Vegan Breakfast in Ventura, California.


Gina said...

I LOOOOVE that tea!! I bought it last year, and since I have so much tea, I almost never finish a box of it, but this I am almost done with. So sad, it is amazing!

The Voracious Vegan said...

How weird...I ALWAYS have apocalyptic dreams. Seriously! And my biggest concern in the dreams i not the fact that the entire world is ending, or that all of humanity is about to die, but how am I going to save my dogs!?!?!? HAhahah!

Ahhh kale. I'm jealous. I haven't had it in years. They don't have it at all in Saudi Arabia, which is heartbreaking because I love it so much. Especially kale chips!

Ricki said...

Must look for that tea! I agree--kale is one of the best veggies, ever. I also tend to eat the entire batch when I make chips--at least it's better than eating an entire brownie! ;)

Jes said...

First, I LOVE that tea!
Second, thank you for the kale chip recipe. I have been dreaming of them lately but never made them.

XUP said...

I've never made kale chips! But I definitely will because I'd like to eat more kale, but the same old steamed kale gets boring. Thanks

miss v said...

i *love* raw kale salads with homemade dressing. one of my favourite late spring/early summer dishes!

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

Gina and Jes: Glad to see I'm not alone about the tea. I was beginning to think I'd exaggerated its charms!

VV: I'd miss kale too! I can't imagine a land without kale!

Ricki: Better than a brownie, you're right. Also better than a bag of potato chips which I could easily eat in one sitting.

XUP: It really is amazing what happens to the kale. It needs to be seen to be believed.

Miss V: That sounds great! I like it steamed with tahini sauce, myself!

mangocheeks said...

I love kale chips, and you'bve tempted me, its just a shame its a little late as I've just used the last of my kale :(

Clestial Seasoning Teabags are only available in niche specialist stores here, so I am going to look out for these wonderful flavours.

T said...

Argggh I love kale too, and some times I have such strong cravings for it... just with a little salt and garlic, yum! But stupid Europe has hardly any... or at least, I haven't found it yet. When I do, this is on the list to try...