Sometimes people ask me, “do you really eat like this?” I get confused, what does this mean? I do eat a lot of produce, minimally purchase processed foods, and avoid artificial anythings. Yet even I have my vices.
Kale became a major player in my food intake this year — especially in the spring, when it was so easy to get fresh and local.
There’s really not much I can think of to say about this — it was simple to put together, a little more daring than I normally dare to tread, and nice and spicy (the way I like it!). Great as part of a simple supper: two garlic brats, some roasted radishes, and the kale.
Spicy Kale with Walnuts
Serves 2-3 as a side
- 1 pound of kale, torn into pieces, stems removed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper
- Bring a pot of water to boil and lightly blanch kale — approximately 4-5 minutes.
- While water boils or kale cooks, lightly toast walnuts and oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Add diced onion and garlic, and increase heat to medium/medium high while sauteing, allowing onion to soften
- Thoroughly drain cooked kale in a colander, and add to walnut and onion mixture. Add crushed red pepper and saute for a minute, allowing flavors to blend. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
We’ve had a cold snap here in North Carolina this weekend and fall is surely upon us. So let’s do a brief end-of-summer pictorial goodbye…
I, like many others, reacted to Steve Jobs’ death with shock. The outpouring of support and reflection also caught me off-guard, as my social media feeds filled with friends mourning the passing of a man who represented so much more than a product or a brand. I made this cake today, and was asked, “is this in honor of Steve?” Not directly, perhaps, but if the memory of a man can be honored in an 8×8″ pan, here it is.