Thursday, January 26, 2012

KALE salad

Hello friends.

Last summer, I had this amazing grilled kale salad at Candle 79 in New York. It had beluga lentils, green beans, sunflower seeds, avocado, and a bunch of other things I don't remember. It was so very awesome, in the way that salads rarely are.

I stopped by Whole Foods in Jacksonville the other day and saw some beautiful black kale, and decided that I should try to recreate that delicious meal. Black kale, much like dinosaur or lacinato kale, is much more tender than the curly kale sold at most supermarkets. It can be eaten raw, and if cooked, needs only to be heated for 1-2 minutes for optimal texture.

When I got home, I discovered some green beans from my CSA so I figured I would use what I already had at home to do the best I could. The result is pretty damn tasty, although I will not even try to say it lives up to the Candle version. Maybe if I grilled the kale, used some lentils, and then remembered the rest of the ingredients, I would have been closer.

Regardless, this is mighty good. And vegan. Enjoy.

(oh yeah I and I forgot to measure so just go with it and see what you get)

Blanch a handful diced green beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Add a handful of shredded black kale and cook for one more minutes. Drain thoroughly. Toss in large bowl with diced avocado, sunflower seeds, minced garlic, dijon mustard, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, agave or honey, salt and pepper. Serve (or eat, in my case) immediately. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Greek Coleslaw is so 2012

Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a lovely, productive, positive start to 2012. I just recently got back to Florida and have been settling back into our home as well as my kitchen. It is always great to cook in my own kitchen after some time away. Even though it is tiny and I sometimes wonder if it was made for a child, it is still nice to get back. Actually, not having to move to reach any single tool in my kitchen does have its perks.

This week, I have been working on a new Burg article about Savoy cabbage, and ended up loving it so much that I had too many recipes to fit into the article. Although I have always been a cabbage fan (coleslaw, sauteed red cabbage, cabbage soup), I had never really worked with Savoy, which had now mad my list of top 10 winter vegetables. That might not sound like a prominent place to be, but that list includes parsnips, brussels sprouts, celery root, butternut squash - vegetables that I love with an unnatural passion. For those of you who equate cabbage to "bunny food" and "blah," I challenge you to try some Savoy.  Just saute with a little onion, salt and pepper with olive oil until brown on the edges. That is all that needs to be done to make it taste completely delicious.

The article comes our next week, but until then, I give you Greek Coleslaw. A couple years ago, my mother-in-law made something like this and I thought it was awesome. It's bright, crunchy, and keeps for up to a week which I love. It is the kind of think I made on a Sunday and keep in my fridge all year long.

The recipe below uses feta, but feel free to omit the feta to keep it vegan. You can also add a tablespoon of vegan mayo to keep the richness.


Greek Coleslaw
Serves 4-6 

1/2 Savoy cabbage, finely shredded
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 small handful chopped fresh oregano
1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
2 oz good feta cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine or cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon black pepper
pinch sugar

Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl thoroughly. Let sit in refrigerator for at least an hour. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Serve cold.