Wednesday, 10 February 2016

We Love Kale Cookbook Review and Giveaway

A new month, another new cookbook to drool over. We Love Kale is a fabulous book which shares different ways to incorporate the leafy green vegetable oh so popular at the moment. Focusing on one ingredient throughout a cookbook can be tricky, but it can be done, as this book proves. I often worry when only one ingredient is the main star, there can be a lack of wow recipes in certain chapters, but  in this book, there are impressive kale recipes from breakfast and brunch, right through to bakes and desserts. The health benefits of kale are featured alongside 10 easy ways to include kale in your everyday meals.
Not meaning to sound biased, but I also like this cook book as it is written by bloggers, one being Karen Burns-Booth of Lavendar and Lovage, whom I have been following ever since I started blogging. I liked the range of recipes featured here, there are influences from around the world such as Spain, the Middle East, Taiwan, India and Vietnam amongst other countries. Also a handy symbol to let you know whether the dish is vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten free and wheat free (there are also recipes including meat).

Kale Shakshuka

Spicy Morrocan Kale and Rice Soup.

The following chapters are featured in this book:
  • Breakfast and Brunch - recipes that caught my eye include: Kale Shakshuka, Sweet Green Pancakes and Kale and Mushroom Breakfast Muffins.
  • Snacks, Appetizers and Drinks - recipes that I plan on trying include: Baked Kale and Artichoke Dip, Kale, Sweetcorn and Leek Fritters and Kale Dolmades.
  • Main Courses - stand out recipes include: Taiwanese Pork Belly Buns with Pickled Kale, Kale, Bacon and Egg Rice Bowl and Lentils, Caramelized Onions and Kale with Roast Walnuts. 
  • Soups, Salads and Desserts: recipes that caught my eye include: Spicy Moroccan Kale and Rice Soup, Hearty French Onion and Kale Soup and Vietnamese Chicken Salad.
  • Bakes and Dessert: the most intriguing chapter, recipes to try include Kale Tart with an Olive Oil Crust and Triple Rich Hidden Gem Brownies.
Recipe for Kale Shakshuka
Serves 3
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 35-40 minus

You will need
60ml olive oil
1 onion diced
1 red pepper, seeded and diced
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika
1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
1 tin 790g chopped tomatoes
12 leaves cavolo nero, washed, de-stemmed and finely chopped
6 eggs
freshly ground black pepper
toast for serving

Method
1) Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the onion, pepper and a sprinkle of the salt and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring from time to time, until softened.
2) Add the garlic, cumin, paprika and chilli flakes and cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring the mixture frequently, until the spices are tossed and fragrant.
3) Add the tomatoes, kale, remaining salt and a few good grinds of black pepper and stir together. Simmer for 15 minutes, until the sauce is slightly thickened and the kale is tender. Remove from the heat.
4) Create a small divot in the sauce for each egg, and then crack the eggs into the pan. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the egg whites are set and yolks are still runny. Serve with toast. 

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29 comments

  1. I have to admit I don't cook with Kale, though I have heard lots of good health benefits t has

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  2. Raw kale chips, made in the dehydrator

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  3. Sausage, kale and barley stew - a great Winter warmer!

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  4. To be honest I don't have one as I am new to kale (hence why I would love to win this book) but a colleague does a lovely kale dish in the microwave at work with pine nuts & paprika, it that smells amazing!

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  5. Always just steamed it and had it as an accompaniment.

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  6. I have only ever had it boiled with meat and other veg.

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  7. I put it with my steak and chips - makes it feel a little healthier!!

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  8. I love kale just steamed but I have not been able to convince the rest of my family yet. I would love to try some different recipes

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  9. Braised Kale, Sausage, and Creamy Polenta

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  10. Honestly I have no idea - that's why I am so interested in this cook book

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  11. Would love to try new recipes and ideas from the book

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  12. Tomato, kale and pesto pasta

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  13. Looking for new ways to cook new foods

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  14. Thanks for your lovely comments - I'm so pleased you liked the book and I really enjoyed writing the recipes for it! Karen

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  15. I love kale in so many forms but probably kale and pomegranate salad - stumbled across it one day and discovered how well it worked!

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  16. Kale chips - oh so good for you but so tasty :)

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  17. Have onlu had it steamed or as crisps, would love to be more adventurous with it
    Sheila R @CakeReev

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