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Colcannon, lets eat more kale

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Colcannon, made with potatoes and kale
Colcannon, potatoes and kale
Right now on the stove is a pan with diced kale, sliced potatoes and some water; the kale is simmering and the potatoes steaming. I am making Colcannon. Our local paper ran an article with a hearty dish that could be eaten by vegetarians on St Patrick's day, and still be festive. I thought the article missed the boat, because festive starts from within; for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. However the recipe for the potato and kale dish looked good, and I wanted to try it.

I am a bit lazier than the cook that wrote the article, I am not using two separate sauce pans to cook the vegetables, I put the kale in the bottom and the potatoes on top to steam. Oh and St Patrick's day is long gone, so we are having a roasted chicken to go with this delicious dish.

Colcannon

1 bunch of kale, diced small
4 - 6 potatoes peeled and sliced
1 c water

2 T butter
1/2 t garlic salt
1/2 t fresh grated nutmeg
1 t leaf thyme, crushed
2 green onions sliced thin
2/3-3/4 c milk
salt and pepper to taste

Place kale in bottom of the pan, add sliced potatoes and water. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook 20 minutes. Remove pan lid and boil away any excess water (may not be necessary). Add butter and seasonings, start with the smaller amount of milk and mash the mixture. Add more milk if needed. Taste and adjust salt and pepper.

Serves 4-6

Enjoy!

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Homemdade Bay Leaf Seasoning

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Homemade version of Penzy's Bay Leaf Seasoning.
Homemade Bay Leaf Seasoning
I went to my spice drawer this morning and pulled out the empty Bay Leaf Seasoning jar. I was glad I kept it after because the empty jar held the list of ingredients.

I had picked up bay leaves, hoping I could re-create the blend. Using the ingredients list I set about putting together my best guess of what should be in this herb blend. When finished I decided to take the full jar as an omen that the homemade mix will be good.

Possibly is is karma that my homemade version filled the jar perfectly? The label lists the ingredients in order of weight, and I calculated them to be as follows (and a little help from my reader who commented, thanks by the way!):


1/2 oz bag of fresh bay leaves
2 T thyme leaves
2 T rosemary leaves
1 T basil leaves
1 T dried onion
1 T oregano
1/2 t ground pepper
2 T garlic salt
1 T plain salt

Place the bay leaves in the grinder and process until ground. Add remaining and process until powdery. It looks like the real thing, smells like the real thing, and surprisingly tastes very close to the real thing.

Enjoy!

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Pesto, the basic process

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Here are the basics, fresh basil, pan toasted pine nuts, and first pressing olive oil. Vibrant colors and vibrant flavors, things do not get better.

Fill your processor bowl loosely with fresh basil leaves, this is a 4oz package from the market.

Add 1 1/2 t salt, 2 large garlic cloves, pine nuts and some oil. Begin processing.......at 30 seconds or so, stop.

Scrape down sides of the bowl, add more oil and cheese. Begin processing again, again about 30 seconds, stop.

Pesto the basic process, get creative and use any herb desired.
Pesto, a basic process for any flavor you choose.
This is what you will see in the bottom of the processor bowl, a thick billowy sea of green. See how the pesto does not fall into a puddle against the blade.

Spoon into small freezer jars. Freeze. When needed, shave off slivers and return the jar to the freezer.

Enjoy!

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