Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A book to read that ends with kale!

I don't think I've ever made a book recommendation on my kale blog, but here's a great book to read.  I won't tell you too much because I don't want to take away from both the pleasure and heart-ache of reading it yourself.

The title is Turn Here – Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works by Atina Diffley, University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

I've already recommended it to a dozen friends.

The book is not about kale per se but ends with a kale recipe that I've made myself, without a recipe, over and over again!

Sesame Kale - makes 2-4 servings depending on appetite and level of kale passion

1 bunch of organic kale, thick stems removed and coarsely chopped
1-4 cloves garlic, minced: adjust according to your taste and social life (haha! we would easily use the 4 - or more - cloves of garlic!)
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup water
roasted sesame oil
ume plum vinegar (or red wine vinegar or vinegar of your choice)

Heat olive oil in heavy pan. Saute garlic for 20-30 seconds, do not brown or burn! Mix in chopped kale. Add water and cover. Steam on low for 5-10 minutes, until desired tenderness (I always use the lesser of times to keep the kale as green and crisp as possible). Spread on a platter, sprinkle with roasted sesame seed oil and vinegar to taste (I often also sprinkle some sesame seeds over the kale).

As said by a friend of the author, "You could eat gravel with roasted sesame oil on it." I laughed out loud! What a great way to end the book. Try this recipe and read the book. :)

Where kale is more than decoration on my plate!

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

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