One of the funniest food phenomena in the last years was, to me, the kale craze. There’s a book called Fifty Shades of Cale. National kale day was founded in the U.S. in 2013. The price of kale, a once dirt cheap vegetable, skyrocketed. And in the realm of the internet: Raw kale, steamed kale, asian-style kale, juiced kale- I’ve seen it all. In Germany, the land of the krauts, it remains hard to imagine glamour that the most common vegetable of the country has to foreign food bloggers.
Last moth I’ve been on vacation in the Netherlands, to visit a couple of old friends and my boyfriend’s family. And there, on the seventh floor of an apartment building, Inga and Pieter had a little balcony vegetable garden with a huge kale plant in it. When I told them that you could make salad of kale they looked at me in disbelief. In Holland, you can buy raw kale anywhere, but it is mostly eaten as kale hash. Curiously, we cut off a few leaves and prepared the salad with red onions, orange and spicy pumpkin seeds. A lemon and thyme vinaigrette rounded off the taste. How should I put it? Kale has never been that glamorous before. Maybe you learn most about your country when abroad.
Fine, I admit I baked the shortbread twice last week and me and Frieda ate it all. Time for something a little healthier, right? This blog is called the Healthy & the Tasty for a reason: We never could or would stop eating cake. And why should we? Food has many functions: It connects people, it provides your body with nutrients and it makes you feel good. Being healthy should encompass all these factors.
Last week was the final week of my semester, the end of a long stretch of studying, a very intense and stressful period. Isn’t it funny how we tend to skip regular meals and grab a snack somewhere instead when we’re busy? One lessons I learned the hard way when I worked in parliament for a year is:
The more stressful your life gets, the more you need to plan your meals ahead.
Lentils. What comes to your mind when you think of lentils? Hippies? Farting? Legumes are not exactly the most sexy ingredients one must admit. And I didn’t have the best of an opinion about them either. Up until a while ago when I went to a café around the corner and I was starving. And all they had was a lentil salad. And it was gorgeous. So I will provide you with the recipe now.
Hi y’all! It’s been a bit silent on here for a week but to make up for my inactivity I will share with you a stunning recipe for a fennel salad with clementine, mint, calamata olives, red onions and parsley. Did you know The ancient Greeks held parsley to be sacred?
Anyhow, I love this recipe because the ingredients themselves are not that fancy but when you mix them you get such an extraordinary, tasty and visually appealing result. As a plus, you can get all the ingredients during the cold season, but the dish tastes very refreshing and summery.