Speaking of experimentation, I started seeds for our summer garden just last weekend. Already, I have tiny seedlings of 6 varieties of tomatoes, poblano peppers, a ruffled eggplant, pepperoncinis, basil and artichoke! They are so tiny and delicate, who knows if they will actually survive to "adulthood". This is the first time I've started seeds indoors and the first time I've grown any of these things from seed. If all goes well, we'll be having pizza parties all summer and giving gifts of canned tomatoes for the holidays.
I find that potters (the majority of this blogs audience, I believe) tend to also enjoy gardening, cooking and eating. What about you - do you have a garden? Do you grow from seed or plantings? Any advice to bestow on a seedling novice?
This kale was planted last fall and has provided many a good meal. I'm a little sad to say goodbye to it, but am looking forward to Spring's bounty soon!
Spicy Kale Salad
6 oz shitake mushrooms, chopped
1 small red onion, finely diced
5 cloves of garlic, finely diced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
2-3 bunches curly kale, stemmed, chopped or torn into small pieces
2 tbsp nutritional yeast or parmesan cheese
2 tsp Srircaha sauce
1/2 c sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
Heat olive oil in a 10 in skillet over medium heat; add mushrooms and cook until slightly browned. Stir in onions, garlic and sesame oil and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Stir in soy sauce and set aside.
Place kale in a large bowl, add sun-dried tomatoes, including a little of the oil in which they are stored. Massage kale and tomatoes together until kale is well coated.
Stir in mushroom mixture and sriracha sauce and toss well. Add cheese or nutritional yeast and serve.
This doesn't sound like much, but kale is very filling and hearty. This makes a great dinner salad.
It is also quite versatile.
- If you don't like mushrooms, skip them all together and add the onions, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil to the salad before massaging.
- I think a little lemon juice and/or zest would be amazing in here too.
- Olives? Fresh tomatoes?
- Not sure if the kale in the garden would be enough, I picked up some "kalelets" at the store. I didn't really read the package until I got home - the description says "A brand new vegetable, a cross between kale and brussel sprouts". I threw a few of those in here too - and they were good - it got me thinking - shredded raw brussel sprouts in place of the kale would be great!
- I will probably be adding some chickpeas to this salad later this week to stretch it into several lunches.
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