Blanch thy kale!
It’s the final countdown!
It’s not reeeeeeaaaally the final countdown. It’s the countdown before the countdown. It’s the pre-countdown countdown.
What are we counting down?
The days until my cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale! is released. 13! 13 days, my friends!
I’m feeling so giddy, clammy, pitted out, and rambunctious that all I want to do is distract you from my nervousness by showing you youtube videos.
But I won’t do that. I’ll stay on task, put my adult ADD in check, and just remind you that on July 1, cookbook #2 will be born unto this earth, and that the contents of cookbook #2 are bonkers yummy. And healthy.
See? That was easy. No
minimal youtubing necessary.
Have you ever eaten a salad with chopsticks? Yeah, me neither.
In Let Them Eat Kale!, I talk about the various methods for cooking (or not cooking) kale and incorporating it into your recipes. One of those methods is blanching. Blanching is the process of flash cooking a food in boiling water and then immediately transferring it to an ice bath to stop the cooking.
Blanching kale helps soften the tough fibers and makes it easier to chew. Most people do not care for raw kale, so blanching is a quick and easy way of making the leafy green more palatable.
For this salad, I blanched up some kale and added a tricked out sesame dressing to it. Have you ever used sesame oil for salad dressing? It’s grrrreat (if you like sesame oil)! I combined sesame oil with liquid aminos (which can be replaced with low-sodium soy sauce), ginger, and maple syrup. What happens is a sensorymatic esoteric halestorm of bangarangedness. Okay, what really happens is your salad tastes like sesame dressing. That’s what’s real.
I had some dried figs staring at me on the counter, roasted cashews gawking at me in the pantry, and a ripe avocado all back of the refrigerator bus. So I threw them all in the salad bowl and the rest is history. Plus, I added hard-boiled egg because I’M OBSESSED WITH HARDBOILED EGGS!! Sorry. That was brash.
What I’m trying to get at here is twofold: #1: Make the salad. #2: Let Them Eat KALE!