Saturday, March 26, 2011

Green Green

Continuing on with my decision to try again those foods I detested as a child, I discovered kale a while back and have enjoyed it ever since.

And never more than this past week when I bought another big bunch of dino kale, so dark a green that it reminded me of the Black Hills of South Dakota, which are clad in that same rich color. A little further down the produce aisle, I spotted some green garlic. I had been asking and asking the produce manager to get in some green garlic, so I snagged three bunches to show him that I put my money where my mouth is.

The kale actually brightened in the pan where I had sautéed the green garlic in some butter, then laid in the chopped kale with just the water clinging to the leaves after washing. I covered the pan and let it cook gently for about 15 minutes, until the kale relaxed and the green garlic sweetened.

It was so good, I wished I had bought more and served it as a main course - who needs roast game hens and potatoes when you have serious meatiness in a vegetable dish? This is one of the admittedly few times in my life that I have seriously considered vegetarianism as a possible lifestyle.

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13 Comments:

Blogger Chilebrown said...

Kale is a good thing but it is only as an compliant to meat. It is great in soups and with meat products. kale only tastes like meat when you cook it with meat. I like Kale. I considered vegatarism. Not!!!!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

I am not as keen on kale as you are (except in stewed greens, Southern style). But I bet Rocky Raccoon would have loved it! Sure is pretty.

Saturday, March 26, 2011  
Blogger Kinda Like a Chef said...

Yum!! Just like I cook my kale! I also love kale chips, with a little added parm on top, mmmmm, so good! And I really like doing this with Italian sausage. mmmmmmmmmm! I've been enjoying green garlic so much this year. I've been able to add a bunch to my CSA box each week which has been awesome!

As much as I love veggies and eat a LOT of them, and I try to make meat more of a side than the main course, I could never consider vegetarianism! I LOVE meat! :D

Saturday, March 26, 2011  
Blogger Ms Brown Mouse said...

Love Kale, love greens, love vegetables ... also love beastflesh ;)
I did vegetarianism, lost too much weight and became anemic - clearly not doing it properly - my mum brought me back with bacon :)

Saturday, March 26, 2011  
Anonymous Peter said...

Properly handled kale is one of the best greens there is. The key I've found is to cook it very quickly or for a really long time, and in both cases with one or more alliums. Looks like you nailed it.

Saturday, March 26, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Chilebrown, no worries - I'm not likely to become a vegetarian, just interested in one meatless day per week, or so.

Cookiecrumb, Rocky Raccoon? I didn't know that he ate greens...

Kinda, wow, Italian sausage! That sounds fabu!

Ms Mouse, mothers always know the way home. Bacon. Healing stuff.

Peter, you sweet talker, I must try the long way since Cookiecrumb thinks that's good, too. Not having Southern roots, I haven't developed a taste for long-cooked greens.

Sunday, March 27, 2011  
Blogger namastenancy said...

So, you are finally listening to Popeye and Grandma?

http://www.examiner.com/budget-grocery-in-san-francisco/meatless-monday-sarsoon-ka-saag

Sunday, March 27, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Nancy, so it would seem. :-)

Sunday, March 27, 2011  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Somewhere in the black mining hills of Dakota, there lived a young boy named Rocky Raccoon.

Sunday, March 27, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Cookiecrumb, I even looked up the lyrics and still didn't get your reference until now. Duh.

Sunday, March 27, 2011  
Blogger namastenancy said...

HA - clever, clever, clever!
Just don't call me Lil but you can keep the bible.

Sunday, March 27, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Nancy, she is clever, isn't she? Always blows me away.

Sunday, March 27, 2011  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Nancy: Everyone knows you as Nancy.

Monday, March 28, 2011  

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