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Ode to Kale

Ode to Kale

Tricia Martin | Chef's Blade

Or, The Magic of Kale

Yes, I do believe kale to be a magical plant here on earth. It comes in so many forms from leafy and light to dense and quite heavy—I love them all. I felt that kale deserved its own post. This past week, I have been helping Andrew’s parents move into their new home in Colorado. After long days of moving and unpacking boxes, I would fall into bed fast asleep—and dream about kale! As a Jungian enthusiast, I don’t dismiss my dreams lightheartedly. I try to take a moment to think back to what happened in the dream and take a look at the dominant colors, people, actions, and places. I’ve learned a lot about myself this way—it’s good to know what your subconscious mind is working on while you yourself are hard at work doing everything else. It helps me better connect my emotions and my actions, which is always helpful.

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Red Kale (photo T.M.)

Kale was a predominant thing throughout my dreams because, well, I missed it! Lately, I’ve been sauteing a head of kale with a couple of cloves of garlic and a tablespoon of olive oil as the main part of my dinner—saving the leftover, if there is any—for lunch the next day. And because the nature of the trip—we were all moving and very busy—I went for days without anything green to eat. (However, I did get 6 full days of sun! Ah the glorious trade-offs. I even tried to talk a little kale with one of Andrew’s brothers, but he did not know what it was. Le sigh—me, my kale dreams, and my kale obsession would have to wait for a better outlet—so here it is!

I went to my favorite Portland grocery store today and bought three heads of kale in anticipation for eating it all week. Who knows, I might have to get some more later on in the week. I bought two kinds: dinosaur kale and red leaf kale. There are a lot of others, but these are the most commonly found in American groceries.

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Dino Kale (Photo by T.M.)

I made a Kale Salad with Apple, Radish, Avocado, and Roasted Sunflower seeds from the Complete Tassajara Cookbook. It was divine, super simple, and better for you than any jam packed multi-vitamin. This salad doesn’t have any oils involved either because the flavor of the kale, lemon, honey, and salt are simply magnificent on their own.

Kale is a super-food. It helps protect against cancer, cataracts, is a major source of vitamin A and beta-carrotine (both very anti-cancerous) as well as vitamin C, it promotes lung health and prevents rheumatoid arthritis. Oh, and not mention it’s an aphrodisiac, a great source of fiber and calcium, promotes mental function (yes please!), and lowers cholesterol. Yeah, I’d say that’s pretty super.

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