Cream of Green!

Feb 10, 2016 | 6 comments

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Soup on the Hoof

Presumably, kale is one of the world’s healthiest foods. It can provide you with
some special cholesterol-lowering benefits; can give you risk-lowering benefits for five types of cancer; can provide comprehensive support for the body’s detoxification system; AND researchers say, they can now identify “over 45 different flavonoids in kale with kaempferol and quercetin heading the list.” That’s a direct quote! Woot! Woot!

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Soup in a Basket

What I say is, who cares? I don’t like kale. Period. It tastes curly. To say nothing of green and tough. Unfortunately, it also grows well (very, very well) here in our garden and stays perfectly edible (or so they say) right on the hoof all through the winter. It has been dominating our garden for months, taunting me each time I venture out to gather eggs at the henhouse or to do other good works.

Even the chickens don’t like kale. They toddle on over to it every once in a while thinking (as we all do) that something that big and green and beckoning in the middle of winter should have some redeeming features. They peck around tentatively and leave almost immediately, not returning until their little chicken minds have forgotten. Then they try it again with the same disappointing results.

Soup in a Strainer

Soup in a Strainer

Nyel, who lives by the waste-not-want-not commandment, has apparently also been thinking about that big green garden bounty. Yesterday, he harvested quite a bit of it and went to work sautéing onions and garlic, adding cups and cups of chicken stock, and about a bushel of kale to a big pot. I watched in high askance (if there is such a thing.) It simmered for an hour or so and it smelled… well, curly.

Cream of Green!

Cream of Green!

Then there was the blending, the straining, and the stirring in of a large dollop of sour cream. Voilà! Cream of Green! Dreadful.

6 Comments

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    I am with you and the chickens. There is a Persian recipe that cooks the curly out of the kale and make it tolerable because of that and spices, but I have only done it when kale was in a box from Terra Organics.

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  2. Nancy Holden

    Ask Nyel to make Kale Chips. They are really good. Find recipe
    on line.

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    • sydney

      Now those sound right up my alley!

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  3. Bruce Jones

    When you’re a big tough manly man, you can handle eating kale. Your problem is only that you are small, delicate womanly woman. As Mark Twain would say: “There you have it.”

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    • Nancy Holden

      When in the south it doesn’t matter , collards and kale with plenty of bacon cooked in for everyone !

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    • sydney

      Aaahhh! Good to know!

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