Monday, March 8, 2010
A Tale of Kale
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.
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.
-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.