Thursday, May 19, 2011

Currently Coveting - Rainy Day Edition

The weather has been absolute crap.  It's making me think I could never make it in Seattle or London, which means time to re-think my life plan.  The constant mist and depression of the last few weeks has caused me to spend a lot of time shopping.  And so here is stuff I want.  And I want a lot of stuff.

1. JCrew Racer Tote $62.50
2. Stila Convertible Color - Petunia $25
3. Banana Republic Lily Cluster Ring $49.50
4. 7 For All Mankind Jules $69
5. ModCloth Craft Sale Saturday Dress $91.99
6. Kate Spade devoté mod leopard lacey wallet $89 (Reg $225)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Kale Chips. Yup, I said Kale Chips

You know what I never thought I would do in my whole entire life? Blog about kale. There’s a first for everything… here goes!

I kept hearing people rave about kale chips and how they are JUST like potato chips. I finally decided I had to give them a try.

Truth be told, they do not taste like potato chips. Even a little bit. However, they do taste like the amazing crispy edges of roasted Brussel sprouts. The very reason I make Brussel sprouts to begin with.

I bought the biggest bunch of kale Whole Foods had. Go big or go home, right? I washed and dried it in the salad spinner, tore bite size pieces away from the thick stems. Spritzed with olive oil, and a sprinkle of sea salt. I baked them on 350 for ten minutes, and voila. Kale chips.

I think this is one of those things that you just have to try to believe. I get that it sounds weird, and totally non amazing, but they really are good. Especially right out of the oven.

Need more convincing?

2 cups of kale contain:
• 260% of the daily requirement for vitamin A
• 170% of vitamin C
• 10% of calcium
• 8% iron
• 3 grams of protein
• Over 1000% vitamin K
• 40% manganese
• 40% of vitamin B6
• It is a prime cancer fighting food, rich in anti-oxidants and detoxifying enzymes, carotenoids and high in fiber
• The carotenoids in kale help prevent eye degeneration and help protect against cataracts .It is also high in calcium.