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Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
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Cooking kale
« on: October 21, 2007, 04:07:21 pm »
Anyone get any good recipes for cooking kale as a vegetable? I know it's good for you but I'm not really sure what to do with it...

Townie

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Fife
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Re: Cooking kale
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2007, 04:13:27 pm »
My Mother-in-Law makes Kale Soup... it tastes quite nice, been a while since I;ve had some and cant remember what was in it.. must ask her for the recipe tomorrow and see how she makes it.

Wanda L. Wood

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • United States
Re: Cooking kale
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2007, 06:39:32 pm »
I, too would like to have a variety of ways to cook kale. My Mother just flash cooks it and then adds a little butter, salt and pepper. The only way I have ever changed that, is to add melted cheese. What variety do you have in Scotland?

paddy

  • Joined Nov 2007
Re: Cooking kale
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007, 06:52:04 pm »
Have you tried colcannon? - it's a traditional Irish dish using kale and very easy.  Boil and mash potatoes and boil and chop kale and mix them together with some raw chopped onion. Add lots of butter and season with salt and pepper.  Very good with roast pork or sausages.
paddy

Dan

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Re: Cooking kale
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2007, 07:26:47 pm »
Sounds good Paddy, will have to try that. Adding onions and butter makes just about anything palatable.   :)

Hilarysmum

  • Joined Oct 2007
Re: Cooking kale
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2007, 12:27:23 pm »
Steam kale until tender, chop mix with butter, pinch salt and pepper,
Make some thin pancakes, fill pancakes with kale mix top with a fried egg.  Its a bit different.

Hilarysmum

  • Joined Oct 2007
Re: Cooking kale
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2007, 07:54:38 am »
Was watching River Cottage on DVD last night, if you have seen it, do you remember the nettle eating contest.  If Kale was substituted for the nettles the gnocci and "pie" looked really good. 

ducky2108

  • Joined Feb 2008
  • Glasgow
Re: Cooking kale
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2008, 11:49:52 am »
If we ever find ourselves with some kale, I tend to parboil it, and then finish it off by frying it with a bit of bacon, and maybe some onion.

Bacon makes averything taste fab (unless you're a veggie)

Wizard

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • North East Lincolnshire
Re: Cooking kale
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2010, 08:40:24 am »
Wots the difference twixt colcannon and Bubble and Squeak other than the TV chefs don't lower them selves to good English Food :D :farmer:
Don't do today what can be put off until tomorrow because today will be yesterday tomorrow

JulieS

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Devon - EX39 5RF
    • Ford Mill Farm
Re: Cooking kale
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2010, 08:45:05 am »
George I think the difference is that with colcannon you add the veg to the mashed potatoes and serve.  With the bubble and squeak you mix all together and then put in the frying pan to crisp it up......Love those crispy bits!!
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Wizard

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • North East Lincolnshire
Re: Cooking kale
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2010, 08:52:21 am »
I shun't tell you this Julie If "She" int about I bon it on perpus ;D ;D ;D :farmer: :wave:
Don't do today what can be put off until tomorrow because today will be yesterday tomorrow

JulieS

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Devon - EX39 5RF
    • Ford Mill Farm
Re: Cooking kale
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2010, 08:53:39 am »
 :) :) :) :)
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Wizard

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • North East Lincolnshire
Re: Cooking kale
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2010, 08:58:09 am »
Don't you like the bottom all brown and turned over and browned again so round the edges burn yum yum Don' work with new tates though does it :farmer:
Don't do today what can be put off until tomorrow because today will be yesterday tomorrow

Sandy

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Re: Cooking kale
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2010, 09:30:38 am »
I just love Kale quickly boiled and nothing else as I am on a diet. Kale has helped me a lot as it has a lot of flavor without adding salt or butter!! boring to most people but I find some meat and a BIG plate of kale a great diet meal..If you have too much, I can help you with it!!

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: Cooking kale
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2010, 11:07:47 am »
Kale is delicious if you only pick small tender leaves - it's the big dark ones which taste too strong.  I love it steamed with a knob of butter added on the plate - plain and simple.  I grow Dwarf Green Curled, Scarlet and Redbor, and the replacements for Winnetu (Westland Winter and Reflex).  Also the Scottish special Pentland Brig which has very tender sprigs like sprouting broccoli without the flower part.  I don't grow the long strappy one (Nero something) which isn't hardy up here.  As you can see, I do love my kale  :yum:.  At the end of the season the left over big leaves go to the sheep.
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