I never liked kale. It was like eating the leaves off a maple tree. Tough and earthy. Not that I’ve eaten maple leaves, but it’s how I imagine it. Kale was okay in soups because it was softened up. Well, I learned I can’t learn to like something if I’m not preparing it correctly.
Kale is packed FULL of vitamins and fiber to help you le’ poo-poo.
I came home from the store with a bundle of organic kale. I separated the leaves and washed them. My husband walks in the kitchen and instantly wretched. The same wretching I did when my son cleaned the drain out of their bathroom sink. Except I wretched 5 or 6 times and way harder. So hard my eyes watered and I thought I’d lose my lunch.
“I’m not eating that” he said.
“Mind your business”
“I’m not eating that”
“I’m not fixing it for you”
“Good because I won’t eat that”
“Go do something with yourself”
I continued on my kale excursion. I salted it and let it set. In a bowl I poured about 1/8 cup of olive oil, a scoop of minced garlic, about 3 squirts of balsamic vinegar, 1 hearty squirt of dijon mustard, honey and a scoop of blackberry jam. I added freshly ground pepper and I whisked it together. I then added to my salted kale, organic carrots [shredded], organic dried cranberries, and organic walnuts. I sprinkled it with freshly ground parmesan cheese. You need a good pungent cheese like parmesan or feta. I love cheese. But it doesn’t love me.
I poured the dressing over the salad and mixed thoroughly. In the fridge it went. Occasionally I would check on it to see how it was doing. You know…stir things up a bit. It looked so delish I said, “I am so going to eat you up, you have no idea”.
My husband walks in. “Who you talking to”?
“Gross, dirty kale”.
The kale leaves were already softening.
When it was ready, I took my first bite. Yummy, the kale was not tough, not bitter. It absorbed the flavors of the dressing and had just a hint of blackberry, not too overpowering. I made it again the next day, then the following week. I changed the dressing up a bit and used olive oil and lemon juice. I added green onions, sunflower seeds and cashews.
Now I cannot get enough of it. Watch out 2019, mama’s gettin’ her greens on! It still makes my husband wretch.