Stanley enjoys it too !

Stanley enjoys it too !


At the moment due to Covid restrictions we can only see the grandchildren thanks to the wonders of the internet, for which I am grateful. So although we don’t meet up in the flesh, we are still fortunate to be able to talk, see them, exchange news, funny stories etc. Talking with them recently they were eating a snack, well nothing unusual with that I hear you say! What was perhaps a little unusual was that their snack was slices of carrots, peppers, cucumbers! Not a chocolate bar or a packet of crisps in sight! In fact I am told that they now also enjoy eating curly kale. Yes, this wonderful vegetable is currently the grandchildren’s favourite and I can see why! Apparently Stanley likes it too! (see picture below)

Curly Kale
A staple of veggie boxes and local food companies as well as Farmers Markets, curly kale is becoming much more prominent in the supermarket. It has been grown in Great Britain for centuries and was once a frequent nutritious addition to the dinner plate in the 50s and 60s. The good news is, it seems to be coming back. Sales have rocketed in the last couple of years!

Kale is packed full of vitamins, iron and calcium and tastes delicious. It couldn’t be easier to cook as it just requires steaming, boiling or stir frying although it is great added to pasta dishes, risottos, stews and soups. You can use it wherever you may have used spinach or cabbage.

Buyer’s guide

Curly kale leaves should look fresh and crisp, with no sign of yellowing. Reject any with leaves that look bruised or slimy. Curly kale is available from September to March. Other varieties of kale include Red Russian kale, cavolo nero (or ‘black kale’), and thousand-head or hungry-gap kale.

Storage
Curly kales deteriorate more quickly than green cabbages, and will keep for only a few days before turning yellow. Store, loosely wrapped in plastic, in the fridge or larder.

Preparation
Cut away the tough central ribs of curly kale before you chop or shred the leaves. For best results, either cook very briefly in a large volume of ready-boiling water or stir-fry as a side dish. Add a small amount to soups, pasta sauces, bean dishes and colcannon.

How to Cook Curly Kale

Boiling

Sautéing

Make Kale Chips

Also How To Make Kale Chips In Air Fryer

Perfectly crispy kale chips in less than 10 minutes, start to finish. These make a great nutritious snack. See more here

Do you like curly kale?

This is our youngest grand-daughter with Stanley … he is a Hermann’s Tortoise

apparently Stanley enjoys a little curly kale too

(they have both grown a little since this picture was taken)

you can read more about him here

Dear reader, you will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan



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