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.
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.
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.