Monday, April 29, 2013

Menu Plan - Week 18



If you are a dabbler in the garden like myself, you know that sometimes your experimentation exceeds your expectation.

Take Red Russian Kale for instance.
No really.
Please take it.
Just kidding...sort of...

I sewed a few seeds for a lovely lettuce mix two years ago.  Some of the frillier varieties popped up and died down as was to be expected - lettuces aren't the hardiest bunch.

But the kale, oh goodness at the kale!

I kind of left the plant to keep growing just to see what would happen.
(Have you noticed that tends to be my philosophy in life:  "leave it alone and see what happens.")

Well, two years later, I still have a healthy and vibrant Red Russian Kale plant in the same spot it's always been.
No bugs bother it and no bunnies gnaw on it.
It may actually be the perfect plant for a leave it alone gardener.

Like bulbs.
I love bulbs in my yard because I plant them once and leave them alone to do their thing.

Unlike bulbs though, this kale isn't for beautifying my yard, it's super healthy and ca be eaten all sorts of ways.

We have eaten it raw in salads, steamed like cabbage, or cooked down like collards, and last week, we had kale chips.   Got to love that kind of versatility.  And yes, it can even be used to beautify as a garnish.  So maybe it's a little bit like bulbs.

Have a great week y'all!

We'll be eating:

Sunday - Sausage Scramble on Toast w/Cantaloupe
Monday - Homity Pie & Cabbage
Tuesday - Chicken Noodle Soup
Wednesday - Spinach Quiche w/Potato Salad
Thursday - Jambalaya & Cornbread
Friday - Date Night
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of Menu Plan Monday.

2 comments:

  1. I put kale in for the first time last year, and I harvested it during a February thaw - left the stalks in the ground (obviously - the ground was still frozen!). Imagine my surprise when, the first warm spell we had, they started sprouting again! This year's kale is staying right where it is this fall! :)

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    1. I kind of figure that as long as it's happy in one spot, I'm going to leave it there too. :)

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