Friday, May 06, 2011

From Yard to Table

Picking peas this morning. Eating them fresh all day...
May 6, 2011
If you know me you know that I LOVE kale. I use it all year around in about everything I can think of. It is super healthy, easy to eat raw or cooked, relatively easy to grow, and pretty too! The dark greenish, blue color is beautiful in the garden.
May 6, 2011

We have one whole row of kale this year--about 60 plants. People ask me, "What do you do with all that kale?" Although we give some away to neighbors and friends, the answer is we could eat all of it! (and the row of collards also but I'll save my I love collards post for later.) You can use kale in any dish that calls for spinach. I steam it to replace it for cooked spinach in lasagna, and add it raw to soups, Indian dishes, dips, etc.

My lunch today
One of my favorite ways to eat it is in a raw salad with oil and vinegar dressing. To get the best flavor you have to message (or rub) the leaves with the dressing for a few seconds. I like to chop it up, put it in a bowl and then drizzle a little balsamic vinegar, ume boshi plum vinegar, and canola oil on top. Rub the leaves with your hands--there's no way around it being messy. Recently I've been adding a few slivered almonds for fun. Let it sit for a little while (30 mins to a couple of hours) to absorb even more flavor. You can see the leaves turn dark green and look like they've been steamed. They taste tender and oh so good!


Lesley said...

I'll try this kale recipe tonight with dinner. I have heard you talk about it for years and always wondered about it. We typically steam it lightly and then stir around for a few minutes in a pan with sauted garlic, oil salt and raisins. Salty sweet.

Daniel - I love the beardless face!!

Did you guys get phish tickets this year? I saw the advertisement on the blog and wondered. We are going to the Raleigh show...kinda hard to believe.

Love you all, Les

William Kruidenier said...

Did ya'll start the lacinato kale indoors or direct seed it in the beds? Looks great!

Anonymous said...

No Phish tickets this year. I'll miss it. But we do have Cirque du Soleil coming to Columbia. Wow, which will be wilder? Phish or Cirque du Soleil? :-)

Dad-kale was started indoors.