Monday, September 7, 2009
Kale Cake Anyone?
I know what you're thinking: it looks like an angel food cake, but it can't be...it's green! Well, perhaps angels do eat kale. After all, it is good for you. This leafy green is a hearty crop that can grow in the early spring and into early winter. It is packed with vitamins A, C, K, and E (an antioxidant), and it contains calcium and iron. But the most amazing thing about this vegetable is it's sulforaphanes and indoles, which may help protect against cancer! Besides the amazing nutritional value of kale, it is incredibly versatile. You can cook it like spinach, put it in eggs, casseroles, salads, stir-frys, on pizzas, and anything else your imagination comes up with! Maybe even cake...
All of this excitement over kale comes after a long afternoon of blanching and freezing it for the winter. After months of growing and harvesting the crops to eat fresh, we are now in the processing, canning and freezing mode. I have to admit, it is so fun to play in the kitchen after a hot morning of chores, fencing and weeding. And when we find ourselves in the middle of winter pining for green, all we'll have to do is open the freezer, turn on the stove, and heat up the kale!
here's a good website for more information on kale: http://health.learninginfo.org/kale.htm