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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Hardy

It’s been frosty. Temperatures have been as low as -6 C overnight and well into the morning. I hadn’t looked out at the vegetable patch in days but I thought the kale was gone. As I cleaned up the garden one day, the frost on the leaves looked ominous. I’d soon be back to buying produce from half a world away rather than picking it ten feet from the back door.


However, I have blanched and frozen some kale for this winter. Raised by parents who grew up during the Great Depression, it pains me to see food go to waste. Besides, in the winter, kale is very costly when it is imported from distant lands and one never knows what it is sprayed with. I hadn’t finished the harvesting of our organic kale before the frost came.


While my husband is not a fan, he eats kale because we grow it. I feel better when I keep kale in my diet, any green vegetable really, though kale is the best.  My hip and knees ache much less when kale is on the plate. Maybe it’s psychological, but, whatever works!


Meanwhile out in the garden, the last week of November, the kale is perfect, unaffected by the frost. I picked some for dinner and enough for several days. A little kale goes a long way. 





Lets’s face it, if there is a zombie apocalypse, the only things left will be cockroaches and kale. And, the cockroaches will have painless joints.

47 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hahahahahahaha, your last line!

DJan said...

Kale is actually tastier after a frost. I just had some yesterday, steamed, with lots of other veggies and found it delightful. Good for you, Marie! :-)

Blogoratti said...

A nice Kale surely goes a long way, and its incredible how the weather didn't affect yours. Cockroaches and kale, sure has a nice ring to it. Warm greetings and best wishes!

Silver Willow said...

lol. Funny lady! Kale...I can't eat as much of it as I'd like, with the UC. (as much of any of the vegetables as I'd like, in reality.) Sorry you will be resorting to mass-produced, commercial kale soon. Stay warm!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Cockroaches do seem to be invincible Marie 😀 I must admit I haven't really given kale a proper inning, how do you cook it when you have it, I'm sure that makes all the difference.

Celia said...

Love your humor "cockroaches and kale." Do you have a good recipe for adding kale into your meal for a first timer?

Elephant's Child said...

I do love my greens. But rarely eat kale. And himself believes that vegies are the (ornamental) garnish put on a plate to make the meat look better.

Rhodesia said...

I have only grown kale once and it was so tough!!!!! Keep warm Diane

Joanne Noragon said...

I hadn't considered kale surviving an apocalypse, but good that it would. It's good stuff! We eat a lot of it.

Andrea said...

Kale is quite hardy. I found mine would get tough after the weather turned very cold. I only eat it baked for kale chips though. Andrea

Barbara said...

Hahaha. That's hilarious. I've never really eaten kale but I'll have to tell my daughter. She probably eats it. But I'll also tell her to think positive and it will improve her achy knees.

bill burke said...

I just picked the last of our chard yesterday. Freezing temps are heading our way tonight. You can't beat fresh veggies.

Angela said...

I like Kale. When we lived in Zimbabwe - Africa we had lots of it. The people there had it instead of meat and they were healthy and strong. Kale and (or) collards were widely consumed. They cut it in tiny pieces and fry it in oil then add onions and a bit of tomatoes cut up, delicious! I did not know however that one can freeze Kale!

Debbie said...

I don't love kale but maybe I should try to eat it. I don't like vegetables cooked, only raw!

Catarina said...

: ))

I buy kale often. I like it raw (in salads), in soups and I love baked kale chips - home made as well!!

Ratty said...

I've never eaten kale. I've heard that it has kind of a strong taste. I'm a very picky eater and I've had trouble with green vegetables all my life, but I've been pushing myself to eat more vegetables the last several years. I've been wanting to try kale just because some people in my family that like lots of vegetables say they don't like it.

Keith Smith said...

Kale in England is mainly grown and used for cattle feed. Maybe this is why most people here avoid it, thinking that it isn't suitable for us. I very rarely see it in our local supermarkets or greengrocers. I can't eat it anyway because it would badly affect the anti-arthritis medication I take.

Marie Smith said...

Hate cockroaches! They would survive a holocaust, Debra.

Marie Smith said...

Steamed is great, Jan. I haven’t looked up any recipes. We have it steamed all the time.

Marie Smith said...

Same to you, B.

Marie Smith said...

That UC certainly limits your diet, SW. If I couldn’t eat all sorts of veg, I would have little to eat.

Marie Smith said...

I just steam it, PDP. Well, the young leaves in spring are nice in salad. Also the raw leaves cut fine are nice in soup and stew.

Check what Angela said below too. I’m going to try her combination to use up some of the tomatoes I grew which I have left. Some people make kale chips, thhough we haven’t done it yet.

Marie Smith said...

We steam kale, Celia. Cut up in small pieces and put in soup or stew is good too. I do that with spinach as well. Young keaves are good in salad. There are salad mixes available here which have young kale leaves in them

Marie Smith said...

Truth be known, my husband would be like yours when it comes to veggies. But, he eats them.

Marie Smith said...

I wonder if the variety of kale you had was tough, Diane. Some are more tender than others.

Marie Smith said...

Wise people to eat kale!

Marie Smith said...

I’ve never made kale chips, Andrea. Bet my husband would like those.

Marie Smith said...

It works for me, Barbara.

Marie Smith said...

I don’t like chard as much as kale but I do have it!

Marie Smith said...

Also check out what Angela posted below!

Marie Smith said...

I will try this way too, Angela.

Marie Smith said...

The salad mixes containing young kale might be a way to start, Debbie.

Marie Smith said...

Great ways to enjoy kale, Catarina.

Marie Smith said...

Young kale leaves are available in salad mixes here, Ratty. It isn’t strong.

Marie Smith said...

Lol. I guess it would affect that medication, Keith.

Marie Smith said...

I guess the cattle there have pain free joints, Keith.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I love the sound of Angela's recipe, will definitely try that one, thanks for the tip Marie.

jenny_o said...

Who knows about the effects on your knees? If it works for you, that's what matters. I've heard pineapple will do the same.

I've never had kale; I have to be careful about how much roughage I consume (sensitive digestive system). Greens of any kind are a "sometimes" treat, ha ha

Shammickite said...

Kale is a bit rough on the inner workings but really good for you! Or so they say.

Marie Smith said...

Alkaline foods are helpful against inflammation which is why I eat kale, Jenny.

Marie Smith said...

I feel better if I eat it consistently, Shammi.

Ginnie said...

LOL, Marie, and what a fun post. It's so interesting what Astrid tells me...that the frost is what makes kale tastier. That's what the Dutch wait for...the frost! In the meantime, I'm drinking a lot of ginger tea (from the real root) with added coconut oil. I started it for my cough but have discovered it is also good for good/bed cholesterol, so will make it a daily regimen.

Marie Smith said...

Kale is tasty this time of year, Ginnie. I find ginger tea good for an upset stomach too.

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

I love kale here too, and have grown a lot of it in my garden this year. It freezes really well too. I add it to my morning smoothie, and to soups. It just blends in with whatever it is in!

Anonymous said...

I am not a fan of kale but I don't mind it. We have an Amish Bakery nearby that makes the best kale salad, with an apple cider vinegar dressing. We both feel better when we eat kale too!

Marie Smith said...

It is versatile, that’s for sure, Marilyn.

Marie Smith said...

That salad sounds delicious! I always make dressings with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I buy fancy oils and vinegars and try various combinations. We love them!