Tuesday, June 6, 2017

In Defense of Kale

One thing I have learned on Facebook during these bizarre & disturbing times is that I may be the only person among the people I accept as friends who truly enjoys consuming kale.

For some time now, the same meme appears in my Newsfeed – from family members, friends of family members, friends, children of friends.

About kale:

Several things about these posts disturb me outside the fact that I love kale.

I also love coconut oil.

Although I usually use it on my face & body – unrefined organic coconut oil.

I object to any attempt to cook greens of any kind in a skillet.

The youngest of nine children, my mother Jean grew up on a farm in East Texas. 

There were cows for milk, pigs for pork, chickens for eggs & eventually used for meat & whatever my uncles shot. 

There was also a garden.  Which included greens.

My childhood included meals cooked by my mother that did not include meat.  Beans, greens, beets, sliced sweet potatoes.  And cornbread.

The greens were mostly cabbage, mustard & turnip greens.  But I loved them.

It took me a long time to discover kale.  After years of trying to find to find the perfect way to cook greens & use them.

I finally found it in a Mario Batali recipe for acorn squash.

Cooking the greens involves red pepper chili pepper flakes & olive oil & a bit of tomato sauce until the greens get tender.

The acorn squash recipe, which called for a topping of greens, was a hit at a Thanksgiving dinner
Platters of greens using the recipe was a bigger hit in a subsequent Thanksgiving dinner.  When my brother-in-law declared them the best greens he had ever tasted.

Greens rock.

When done right.

I can make a kale so tender & unrecognizable from its original form, all doubters will grab a slice of cornbread & indulge.

Now, in defense of the recurring meme on my newsfeed advocating for the use of coconut oil to make it easier to dump kale out of the pan into the trash – I do not like raw kale.

Except in green smoothies.  Kale is nutrient rich & in my green smoothies, mixed in with moderation along with spinach & a bit of pineapple & banana & Greek yogurt high in protein & whatever other fruits need to be used – makes a damned tasty smoothie to start the day.

So, in defiance of my Facebook friends, I stand by kale.

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