Kale is amazing, so says all people alive with mouths. You have a kale salad and it changes your whole life (here’s the one that changed mine). You feel great, your oxidants are getting zapped or whatever, and obviously your skin and hair look perfect instantly; you’re made entirely of vitamin K and fiber. You’re thinking, “I’m invincible. I will eat kale every day!” So you buy a bunch of kale and then like four days later, you’re thinking, ” Oh @!#&, I forgot we had kale. Now it’s all wilty.”
I’m not saying that this happened to me, but this weekend I did make some kale chips with some slightly wilted kale (pictured). Like kale itself, kale chips are amazing. I have been known to pay ten dollars a box for bombay cheddar kale chips at my local Organic Extortioners, so you know they’re good to eat plain. Kale chips are also great mixed back into raw salads to provide a different texture, like kale croutons. And somewhere I’ve been eating a sandwich that has a spread on it made out of roasted kale, cream cheese, and other delicious things. So you see, not only are kale chips good, they’re practically a staple that you should have around your house at all times, like eggs. Making them is easy – Continue reading →
Gooseberries are one of those what-on-earth-do-I-do-with-those? ingredients. They look like grapes but with thicker skins and have the interior of a passion fruit. Gooseberries are tough and tart and usually end up in preserves. I met someone who eats them plain like grapes, and now I do the same. However, blended with sugar and a soft berry, they made a great crisp. Yesterday I made a Raspberry-Gooseberry Crisp. Recipe below. Continue reading →
My love of food and dislike of waste continues. Last week’s CSA fruit was cherries. I love cherries but we got maybe three and a half pounds of them. Obviously no cherry should ever be wasted. In addition to being delicious, they’re also like ten dollars a pound. What to do when they start turning brown and caving in?
Don’t get discouraged. Browning cherries look bad but they taste sweet. They need less in the way of sugar than a nice, firm cherry. If a cherry looks untrustworthy, throw it out, or taste a few to get your bearings with them.
The main hassle of baking cherries is the pitting. However, the nice thing about soft cherries is that you can roll them on a cutting board with your hand and remove the pits very easily. You can use a commercial cherry pitter if you’re so inclined, but I notice that a lot of them look rather like obstetrical devices. I have some friends who use and swear by one of these guys. They make a lot of cherry pies. I still think it’s quite easy by hand: press the cherry on a flat surface until the pit pierces the skin. Then remove it. Try not to be wearing your favorite canary yellow sweater because they do spray.
If you’re looking for coleslaw or broccoli slaw, look elsewhere. If however, you have a bunch of herbs in your fridge after using like a tablespoon in some other recipe, if you’d like something creative to do with kohlrabi tops (yes, you can!) or other undesirable hardy greens, if you like things spicy, try this:
I love food and I hate wasting it. CSA season started a few weeks ago. If you don’t have one, a CSA is a Community Sponsored Agriculture group, commonly known as a farm share. Every week we get a huge assortment of just harvested fruits and vegetables from nearby farms and we attempt to eat all of them. Success varies from week to week.
Summertime CSA is hard because we get so many greens. We get mixed greens, spinach, arugula, radish greens, bok choy, and mizuna. We also get greens on carrots, greens on beets, greens on kohlrabi, even greens on our broccoli. Cooking, shredding, and eating these is a full time kitchen occupation. There are other challenges.
Last week we got apples. These were fall apples and already pretty gamey by the looks of them. I ate one with yogurt and reserved the rest in a bowl “For cooking. Later.” They were browning and a little soft. The fruit flies arrived before later did and forces were conspiring. The apples looked like they were bound for the trash.
No! I will eat them! was my defensive response. I will cook them into applesauce. See? I am cooking them right now.