Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Giving Kale a Second Chance

I have been on a veggie bender of late and went to the Organic Food Markets in Brisbane with Nicole and Shelley on the weekend and bought two bunches of kale and some Swiss Chard. I made a stir fry out of the kale and added mirin at the end to apparently break down the stalks somewhat. I also made up a batch of quinoa. It is amazing how far half a cup of quinoa will take you.

Anyway had this yesterday with some poached chicken breast which was quite nice but today's serving just tasted terrible, so bitter and twisted that I was seriously eyeing off the sausage rolls in the freezer at Coles on the way home and stroking the bottles of Diet Coke in the fridge near the checkouts (they must be there for a reason!) , thinking that the whole organic lifestyle thing just sucks! But on further reading, it seems that once kale is picked you have to eat it fairly quickly, otherwise it will go bitter. I'm going to try another recipe tonight that's designed for kids (I figure if kids will eat it, then it should be a cinch for adults) - Crispy Kale - I will report back on that one. The quinoa wasn't much better tasting either - it's not bad, but it's not as tasty as a serve of brown rice! It's probably all in the cooking!

The upside of all of this better eating and drinking is that I'm drinking a lot more water than I was. I even have special stainless steel bottle (1L) and my goal is to get through three of these a day.

Training with Mrs Biologica was awesome today - improved in the bench press doing 4 x 4 of 45kg with good technique which is wonderful for a little whippersnapper like me as well as some pretty nasty pronated grip rows, trap raises and then 4 cycles of vomit worthy HIIT cardio on the elliptical. I hate the elliptical at the best of times and here was Mrs B telling me not to be a pussy and to bring it (thank you BTW!). Then it was my turn..."c'mon you little piss ant!" (it's the only fun I can have telling someone that deadlifts 120kg without batting an eyelid..). Had a great post workout meal and chat and then it was back home to shoulder the chains of learning Step choreo.

Vera decided to complain again about the kale ("surely those Anzac biscuits in the freezer look good") but I've told her to take a hike by slapping her down with a spear of organic asparagus..thwack!!!


KatieP said...

I love the thought of Vera being smacked with asparagus ♥

LizN said...

Not just asparagus my friend, but *organic asparagus* lol!

Shauna said...

kale can be lovely if you lop off the really woody bits then sautee it with a wee bit of olive oil & garlic... then a bit of water if you need to get some steam going... then finish off with a squeeze of lemon. nom nom nom :)

Charlotte Orr said...

Hi Liz, I will post my kale favourites for you tomorrow night. Cheers, Charlotte

Frankie said...

I don't even like the word 'kale'. But then I am a vegephobiac.

LizN said...

Thanks Shauna - that's how I did my first lot and it tasted good. But I suspect reheating it may have had something to do with it.

Charlotte, thanks!