Now I am all for super foods, I know they are great. However, they are not of much nutritional value if people don’t like and won’t eat them.
Kale is one such example. I know some people like it and have ingenious ways to cook it, but I am not one of them.
However, I have found a solution that will have everyone gobbling up the goodness.
Cut the leaves (once stalk pieces are removed) into about 10cm pieces, then toss in a small amount of oil and a very light sprinkling of salt.
Place in a single layer on a baking tray and bake for a mere few minutes in the oven – about moderate heat. You need to watch them closely as they tend to burn if neglected.
They come out crisp, crunchy and deliciously nutty in flavour. I’ve not found anyone yet who doesn’t like them.
I crumble them (or you can leave the pieces whole) over a curry or soup. Last night I crumbled them into a damper to serve alongside a spiced pumpkin soup.
Now Hester will play a large part here. It really wasn’t worth turning the electric oven on just to make these in the past. Now I can place a tray full in the oven anytime I like.
They keep well too, once cooled and stored in an airtight container.
And so, the poor sheep, who used to love the kale leaves, will now need to go without and content themselves with merely the discarded stalks. Sorry sheep.