Wednesday, January 29, 2014

All Hail Kale


Like Cinders, I'm stuck in the kitchen this week.
Whilst I eat kale from  time to time in an effort to stave off the ghoul of incipient  cancerous tumours, I certainly don't love kale (I eat seasonally so am quite grateful that it will be out of season  in another month) but it is Scottish and was  traditional cattle feed, so I thought it was about time I claimed my long lost relative, after all this is the year of the Homecoming
Relative? Well yes, if  our DNA is  50 percent cabbage 
then kale must  surely be my great great grandaddy.
Hello papa.



"There grows a bonnie brier bush in our kailyard" 



Wondering what tails of the kale yard Grandfather Green may have whispered to me? 
Well, draw closer.
In Scottish Gaelic,  curly leafed cal, is quite the storyteller, 
an hablador from the North, who managed to beguile 

great writers  with a wispy flickering  fondle of   his unfurling 

fronds.





In case you were wondering, The Kaleyard  School of writers were a late 19th century group of  authors such as J.M. Barrie and Ian Maclaren,  who viewed rural life through rose tinted spectacles. 


Rumbledethumps anyone? Ooh you know you want to.
It's Gordon Brown's ( our previous  dour  Scottish  Prime Minister who preached prudence whilst turning a blind eye to the bankers who drove us all off a cliff)  favourite food but don't let that put you off.

Thankfully, it was  also tradition here  to accompany kale dishes  with French Bordeaux, I'll toast to that.

59 comments:

  1. KALE & HEARTY What B&P a green not an orange veg? Have you tried kale with pecans, or as part of a "Waldorf" salad? Gwynnie of course swears by kale juice (pulling face here) and almonds. Today's bite of trivia and thanks Tabs for injecting humour into the veg bin.

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    1. I eat so many pecans, they must be the world's tastiest nut. Rumbledethumps is delicious, best way of eating it in my book,

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  2. Well you do have me eating 1 orange pepper a day and that rumbledethumps looks delish; I've been meaning to work another friend with benefits into the rotation.

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  3. GSL - hilarious - you must have had intel on my conversation with Dani today!

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    1. I'm sure you 2 knew I wasn't gonna let that lollipop just sit there.

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    2. GSL Your new friends can veg out together (ack.) And yes Tabs I do think he has "sources."

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    3. Freshy, my thorough understanding of the female psyche is demonstrated here twice a week.

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    4. GSL I have to say I do like your rather affectionate nickname for our GF, "Freshy" does suit her.

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  4. That looks delicious! PS I saw Gordon Brown in the late 90's and I didn't know who he was as I was fresh off the boat and I thought he was rather dishy. My friends have not let me live that one down.

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    1. CSW Only time GB and dishy will ever appear in same sentence.

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    2. You are on a roll Getfresh!! :))

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    3. Naomi - I can't believe it, I said that once to hubs and he has never let me forget it!

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    4. Tabs and Naomi you are both attracted to Gordon Brown. I'm not sure what it means! But I can't complain, I was telling Tabs today that I find Mark Carney dreamy.

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    5. Maybe we like people who control interest rates...a Gemini thang!

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    6. Gordon Brown texture like sun
      Lays me down with my mind he runs
      Throughout the night
      No need to fight
      Never a frown with Gordon Brown

      Sorry gels, but the shock was just too much for me. Not a Gemini you see.


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    7. Curatror's text from 7yo son
      Weighs me down with tedious puns
      Throughout the slight
      Tis needless to fight
      Wit might come later with Curator

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    8. Something beautiful has begun between Curator and GSL, thanks Tabs it's most entertaining!

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    9. Sing it GSL
      I'll get my harmonica...

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  5. Tabs, we don't have kale in Provence! I can't find it anywhere. What does that mean? They are anti-Scottish?

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    1. are you serious heather???? get some seeds and grow it in a pot….so easy….

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  6. Ma & I have been "trying" to embrace kale literally only this week,. Tried it in soup, a stew but for some reason the bag just doesn't diminish. Well certainly not at the same rate which the vino does ...

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  7. Oh you must have been reading my mind,but I forgot to mention kale in my food lament.

    And that whatcamacallit does look delish!

    xo J

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  8. The rumbledethumps does look delish but I'd eat anything with melted cheese on top. I make kale chips from time to time to make it more palatable: mind you salt and oil is likely beside the point.

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    1. India - the wine goes down a lot easier, doesnt' it?

      Heather: wow, I thought it was everywhere, how bizarre.

      Jen: I have burnt them every time.

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    2. The burnt veggie smell has often driven me to buy them for $8 a packet at Whole Foods when I'm feeling like a "healthy" snack (har har.) They do make an ok conduit for the ranch dressing flavour though.

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  9. Oh how apropos as I had Kale for lunch (then was starving two hours later). I love kale chips, but that is it. Any other way and I feel like the woman making a baby for queen and country - I do it, but there is no joy...

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  10. My friend the chef keeps trying to sell me on kale and I have yet to bite, literally. Here it shows up in flower pots and beds as a decorative item. I know it's good for you, I can't get past the bitterness. With so many other greens to choose from that are more palatable, I pass on kale. It's having its moment in the sun though, super popular right now.

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  11. Wendy - you birthed this post!

    Desert Flower: It's ubiquitous, I just find it so blah.

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  12. Local Curly Kale ..where's Moe and Larry ? (Sorry couldn't resist )

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  13. I have been told that if you massage the Kale, it removes the bitterness. Do you massage your Kale? That really sounds quite obscene, but I have heard it. And with my recent health, I better start eating it, massaged or not. I do like Kale chips but it think it's just the salt I sprinkle all over them.

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    1. Yes but I don't find it bitter at all, just bland and dull.

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  14. I love the collection of useful facts, but kale? mm, not so much, too chewy and stringy. And since I have low blood pressure I'm not required to eat it for medical reasons. Isn't it. Ice how Mother Nature looks after us when she's in a generous mood!

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    1. Oh I have low blood pressure too, I had no idea Fred - you are the font all of all knowledge.

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  15. Love kale sauteed with other greens. Think it is an abomination when cut up and lying in wait submerged in smooth mashed potatoes.

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  16. I like kale in a salad but with the center ribs removed...it's also nice steamed with balsamic vinegar and sea salt.

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  17. Kale is the "in food" in America these days. Every single restaurant now has kale on the menu. I think we are getting Kale-d out already!

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  18. I love kale, but I'm the oddity in my house. Baby kale makes a yummy Caesar salad. Pass the Bordeaux.

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  19. It does seem to be the veggie of the moment….on every cafe menu, in every recipe….but then again, it is so incredibly delicious that i hope it manages to outstay it's fashion moment in the sun…it seems it goes far beyond its scottish roots (pun intended) to adapt quite happily into other other cuisines, from thai to south american…..especially love it in modern asian style omelette "wrap" with masses of fresh chili

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  20. I have heard a similar thing about kale, it needs to be broken down with the hands to make it softer and more edible. (I was watching a cooking show, and the chef scrunched up the kale in her hands like she was wringing out a wet rag.) I have only ever eaten kale salad from a takeout deli counter. It's supposed to be super healthy, so maybe I should try it out one day. As for rumbledethumps - anything is better with melted cheese on top!!

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  21. As long as there's Bordeaux I'm in! I actually like wilted kale with Couscous and kidney beans, and whatever you've made looks delicious!

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  22. Kale is quite the veg du jour here in Aus - Tres trendy in all the wanky cafes around town.
    I don't mind it, but would really rather eat spinach....

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  23. Kale is (of course) super duper popular here in SF but the only time I like it is on a basic salad - I've tried like 10 varieties of "chips" made by friends and they've all been a bit strange..

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  24. The only time I have seen out to eat in a restaurant is as a garnish.

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  25. I "take" raw kale in my daily juice now. I make it more palatable by adding half a lemon, (seriously, it disguises the bitterness), and guava, (slight sweetness), apple, carrot. It has such beneficial health benefits, that any aversion I had to it has long since gone.

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  26. Ruth & Katherine - yes it has become the top model of the vegetable world all of a sudden.

    Columnist: Do you clean your own juicer? I had one years ago, nop, it had to go, I am too lazy for that malarky.

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    1. I juice and my other half cleans; seems a fair sharing of the duties; it's quite an easy machine to clean, (so I've been told). It's the price we pay for beauty...(!)

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    2. Columnist - you have earned that healthy glow, I'll just stay in the shadows.

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  27. I'm not ready to eat cattle feed yet. Not even with a good bottle of Pauillac!
    Do you think silage will be on next wonder food?

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  28. I LOVE kale instead! I just don't love the price! Here in Dubai kale is like gold.. a staggering dhs60 a kilo (that's about 10 quids or $18)! I normally steam it quickly, chopped and dress it with some white balsamic, sprinkle some walnut and done!

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  29. oh good god, I am only massaging my kale if it massages me in return !....I thought we were talking about "friends with bennies" here ? weren't we ? or have I gone astray and misconstrued the whole theme of this post into something cheap and tawdry ? Oh well, wouldn't be the first time and most surely won't be the last !

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    1. Excellent anon, you'll fit in well here.

      Mrs C - that's crazy for peasant food/cattle feed!

      Curator - someone will sweeten it and make it the next big food thing.

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  30. Checking out that cookery site. I grow 4 kinds of kale; the red Russian kale self seeds into a gorgeous Kale Forest. The chooks love it too. I saute it in with garlic in some olive oil and add a few hot pepper flakes.

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  31. We had kale last night...it's okay as long as you cover it up and mix with stuff- garlic, chilies, cheese. They are now putting out baby kale...have not seen it before

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  32. It's one of those things that I'm so happy to put on my plate and then never eat. Except the fried one. Agree with BB, needs so much done to it... which ups the calories to 3000

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  33. Rumbledethumps - I've just realised it's fancy shmancy 'bubble and squeak'.
    (Bubble & Squeak - the ultimate names for 1970's Guinea pigs)

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  34. I put baby kale in our green smoothies almost every day (I try to switch up the greens between kale, spinach and chard). Once it is blended, you can't taste it and you get the benefit of greens.

    I haven't made Dani's kale and potato gratin recipe for awhile, I should make it soon. I also put chopped kale in some soups and sometimes I'll saute kale as a side dish.

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  35. mmm...love kale. I make kale/celery and ginger juice and stick it in soups and anything I make in the slow cooker. The juice is an acquired taste but a great alkalizing drink for first think in the morning. Great for getting rid of rheumatoid arthritis. It's low in oxalic acid too - chard is bad news for my arthritic joints.

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