There was kale lurking at the bottom of the fridge. It was purchased with the most honourable of intentions- to be steamed and enjoyed with dinner or maybe for breakfast, tossed into a bowl of miso soup. Maybe it’s because A) the lovely, full collards stacked on top proved more enticing, as the place they occupied is now vacant. It could be that B) a few unplanned, whirlwind days kept hubs and I away from the kitchen… and the kale. Or, C) All of the above- Life happens and sometimes the most honourable intentions fall through. We’ll go with C) All of the above. Now, what to do with this lurking dark green?
The kale was salvageable. Not yet limp, just not as vital as when it first came home. At first I thought a silky navy bean soup, laced with leaves of kale would be perfect. Creamy, smooth, warming. But the weather was glorious and the sun, hot. I wanted something to snack on. Something delicately light and crunchy. Salty. With a hint of toasted sesame.
Kale crisps fit the bill perfectly. Now, please don’t get your hopes up thinking that they will be comparable to a crunchy, hard potato chip. They aren’t. What they offer instead is a light, addictive, crumbly bite, rich with toasted sesame seed oil and a hint of salt. It’s never been so easy to eat an entire bunch of kale at one sitting, fresh from the oven and directly from the hot baking sheet. Err. Not that I’ve ever done something crazy like that… (Confession- yes I have) Good thing they’re so easy. And if you do lose control and eat the entire batch in one fell swoop, not to worry. It is kale, after all. Phew.
Remove the stems for the chips, as the stems don’t crisp up as easily as the leaves do. You can cut them out with a knife, or, place one hand on the kale stem, and the other hand at the base of the leaves. Make a tight fist and slide the hand up, along the kale stem. It will easily remove the leaves from the stem- fast and easy and no knives required!
A quick note: The Sunday evening cooking classes in April are almost sold out- with only one space remaining! If you’re thinking about taking that class you’ll have to act quickly!