(I just ordered a t-shirt with this on it.)
I love me some kale. Normally, I eat them in chip form, as a vehicle for my favorite condiments (BBQ sauce and ketchup, duh). And eat them I do; several times a week. Yesterday for lunch, I robotically reached for the kale in my crisper and turned the oven to 400, the optimal chip-making temperature. Suddenly, I was struck by how routine this process had become. I spent several minutes going back and forth about how to cook my kale. I wanted to do something new, but didn’t want to risk it tasting bad. But, really, isn’t that what eating should be about? Try something new, Katie!
I’d seen massaged kale salads on several blogs, and Ashlei recommended that I try it a few days ago. I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical. Very skeptical. Raw kale does not sound appetizing. But smothered in avocado? (Warming up to the idea…). I am not sure where the original “recipe” for this came from. I think it was on Choosing Raw? Get yourself some kale, some avocado, and some good hot sauce, because this stuff is G-O-O-D.
The process is super simple: tear up a few big leaves of kale into bite sized pieces and throw them in a bowl with 1/4 of an avocado, salt, pepper, garlic powder, lime juice, some hot sauce (Cholula is my personal favorite), and tiny bit of stevia. Roll up your sleeves (wash your hands!) and massage the kale for 3-5 minutes until it is wilty and looks somewhat cooked. That’s it. You get to play with your food and you get to eat it! My inner five year old was doing summersaults.
Unfortunately, in my hesitation at trying something so foreign to my cooking ways, I didn’t make enough. I didn’t know how much the kale would shrink, but the above amounts only make a small serving. So I beefed up my lunch with a side of roasted kabocha (made a la Heather’s technique – another first for me, and SO SO SO good), and some quinoa (smothered in Bone Sucking Sauce, natch). Just looking at this lunch makes me hungry.
It’s really Midwester-y outside. For people who don’t have midwestern roots, this means that it is overcast and blah outside. I woke up wanting to cross country ski, but the weather made me want to read a book instead. I compromised, and took my book to the gym and read Whip It on the stationary bike (I’ll post a review of the book and movie as soon as I finish). The rest of my day will be filled with sewing (I have a couple new projects up my sleeves) and a Whip It viewing party with some friends tonight (obsessed much, Katie?)
Cookie update: The Butternut Squash Cookie Bars taste as good, if not better, out of the freezer. Because yes, I have plowed through half the recipe, and already dipped into the freezer stash. More than once. *blushes*
Recipe exchange update: A huge thank you to those few people who contributed to my recipe exchange!!!! I am putting the finishing touches (and including a couple bonus Katie originals) on the cookbook, so expect to see that in your inbox soon. Not surprisingly, most of the recipes I got were for dessert type foods. We love our sweets!
I am in the very early stages of opening an etsy shop online. I need some advice on what to name it. I want it to be somewhat related to this blog, but maybe something shorter so I don’t tax those people with poor memories (*cough* mom *cough*). I’m going to start small, selling aprons, coffee cozies, and a couple handbags (I might add in some yoga mat bags). Here are my options (that are available on etsy). Any other recommendations for names?