One of the great things about traveling and going to farmers markets across the country has been seeing how food and food tastes vary around the country.
Kale is used a lot here in the South. In fact, I didn't know much about kale before getting out here. And the little that I did know was based on the more traditional way of serving here in the South, often braised and as often as not with bacon thrown in. Certainly not what comes to mind when one things of a health food and bacon is one of those wonderful foods that tastes so good but, well, it's not going to make it on the least of top 10 healthiest foods and has more than once torpedoed a dish that would have been fine vegan or vegetarian.
So I saw a lot of kale at the local farmers markets, but still wasn't a convert.
It was in the desert at Burning Man that kale really came to the rescue.
I had been overindulgent the night before and the desert heat was not helping out at all. But then the wonderful group that is was camping with made up a kale salad.
It saved me. So full of vitamins and nutrients and all sorts of good stuff that I really needed.
When I was looking for some potassium rich alternatives to bannanas to help reduce muscle cramps, lo and behold kale shows up again.
Kale is a superfood. There's recipes and more at the website, kale super food, and that's just barely starts to scratch the surface.
So here's an ironic twist. As I'm doing a little research online for kale, one of the first things that pops up is this funny parody about how trendy kale is in Los Angeles, Kale of Duty Why I choose to eat nothing but kale, ever, for the rest of my life.
Apparently kale is all the rage on the foodie networks, a good article in the New York Times on raw kale
Superfood Kale In The Limelight
I Like It Crispy
I found some crispy kale chips at Whole Foods. They were delicious, addictive, and being at Whole Foods, well expensive.
I decided to find a recipe for them and then tinkered with it a little and then.
Wow. So simple and quick and even shopping at the "expensive" farmers markets, pretty dang cheap.
My Not So Secret Ingredient
A bunch of kale
Not to much olive oil
A Pinch or 2 or 3 of Magic Unicorn Salt
Why so vague? Because, honestly what is a bunch? When it comes to kale, I have seen so many different versions and sizes when it comes to a bunch. Most recipes for Crispy Kale Chips call for a table spoon of olive oil and then for you to drizzle it. First of all, you can go back to the first dilemna on what constitutes a bunch, then there's the whole "drizzle" thing.%2
I asked Skye to take some pictures of the crispy kale that we made up and well she got inspired.