Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Kale and Red Stars

Karen posted about her love of kale, and I offered a salad recipe. Since I got another request for this, I'll post it. Spare me the "Yucks". I was told it was rude to discuss your food. :) As I told my kids, "Just say 'No, thank you.'"

Kale Salad 6 servings

2 bunches kale, stems removed
2 T lemon juice
3/4 t salt
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup raisins
Fresh ground pepper, to taste

Stack kale leaves, fold in half lengthwise, then roll tightly like a cigar. Slice crosswise into thin strips. Chop the kale strips crosswise a few times, so they aren't too long.

Place the kale in a mixing bowl along with the olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Toss well with your hands, massaging the dressing into the greens, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the red bell pepper, pine nuts, and raisins, and toss gently, Season to taste with black pepper. This will keep for three days in a sealed container in the frig. (I didn't try this, so can't vouch for it.) Serve at room temperature.

This is surprisingly good. The very tart dressing and the raisins cut the strong taste of the kale, and pine nuts are always a great addition! The red pepper mostly just adds color, and vitamins of course.

And in quilt news, Deb Geyer is working on the quilting for my red stars quilt. Isn't this exciting! I'm going to be so glad to see it again after she's done her magic.


dee said...

Just wait till you see your quilt when Deb is done. She did two of my wonky tops for the Quilts of Valor and when I got them back I couldn't believe how beautiful she made them look. Your lovely(and well-made)quilt is in the best of hands.
Glad you're feeling better.

Vicki W said...

Oh wow! There's no one better to quilt your red stars. It's going to be stunning!

Marj said...

Not sure about the kale salad, but you never know if you like it until you try it.
The red stars quilt is beautiful.

Libby Fife said...

That quilt is going to be even more outstanding. It is amazing what a professional quilting job can do for an already wonderful quilt. I can't wait for you to get it back so you can enjoy it!

As for the kale, that is one healthy vegetable. I admit to eating mine braised with a little seasoning and stock.

*karendianne. said...

Wow, check out that quilting! You really know where to have your quilting done at. I'm just feeling very "wow" and thinking "slow quilting" is a good idea. Excellent quilting makes the quilt.

I'm going to make this salad. I have almost all the makings. Yum. Sounds great. Extra healthy, too. Mega vitamins.

Potatoes with Kale Recipe

Vitamin A: 6,366.3 IU
Vitamin E: 1.3 mg/IU
Vitamin C: 51.7 mg
Calcium: 72.1 mg
Magnesium: 33.7 mg

Anonymous said...

the quilt looks great. the quilting looks like it will complement the stars beautifully. Kale is not a veggie we are familiar with (too hot here I think) but I think this would work with silverbeet too. the pinenut/raisen combo is very popular with our kids.

Candace said...

Guess what I'll be making for dinner tonight! Thanks, Kay - I was drooling over Karen's photo this morning!
Gosh - your quilt is just going to be magnificent!

Nellie's Needles said...

The recipe sounds yummy ... and the quilt is looking very yummy!

The Calico Cat said...

Thanks for sharing... (I am happy to see Karen's recipe too...)

Love how your red quilt is being quilted!

Debra said...

Pretty quilting on an already pretty quilt! Looks like the quilting complements the quilt design well.

Allison Ann Aller said...

I think the kale salad sounds great.
And Deb's quilting on your piecing/design....what a match made in heaven!

jenclair said...

The salad sounds interesting. Will have to give that a try.

But the quilt! OMG - how wonderful! I always love the transformation from quilt top to quiltED top!