(Fore)play with your food

For years, I thought people were full of shit when they proclaimed their love of kale. I ate it because it’s supposedly good for me, but the gastronomic experience was always bearable, at best. Kale is tough and bitter, how could anyone possibly enjoy eating it?

My opinion changed for the better after trying the “All Hail Kale” salad at Veggie Grill. They somehow managed to make the taste and texture of kale pleasurable. However, my excitement turned to frustration after several failed attempts to recreate the salad at home.

While browsing some seedy websites, I learned that kale requires a bit of foreplay. You need to oil her up and rub her down before she can pleasure your palate (it also to remove a few of her ribs). You see, it turns out that key to good kale is a deep massage that softens its texture and tempers its bitterness.


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Massaged Kale Salad

1 bunch kale (any variety), ribs removed and cut into thin ribbons
juice of 2 lemons (or 1 orange), divided
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 mango, diced
1 avocado, diced
1 medium tomato, diced
1 jalapeño, seeded and minced (optional, if you like it hot)
1/2 small onion, minced
1-1/2 cups cooked quinoa

In a large bowl, combine kale, juice of 1 lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper. Massage kale until wilted, about 3 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients. Toss and serve.

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What’s in the Box: November 2, 2012

These are the goodies that were delivered today:

2 delicata squash
1 yellow onion
5 fuji apples
3 valencia oranges
1 green romanesco
2 avocados
4 kiwi
1 bunch baby broccoli
1 bunch carrots
1 bunch lacinato kale
1 head lettuce

I think I’ll use the kiwi and avocado to make this kiwi salsa.  I still have the pomegranate from my shipment last week.

The apples will go very well with Somer’s macadamia brie en croute. I made the brie this morning, now I just need to summon the motivation to make the cranberry compote and some puff pastry!

Any suggestions for how to use the veggies?

What’s in the Box: October 19, 2012

These beautiful fruits and veggies were waiting outside my door Friday morning:

1 pomegranate
4 bartlett pears
3 fuji apples
4 kiwi
1 lb green beans
1 bunch broccoli
2 bunches red beets
1 bunch carrots
1 bunch kale
2 heads butter lettuce

Now the fun part, figuring out what to make with these goodies! Suggestions are welcome!