Crispy curly kale and the New Year ahead..

So much has happened within the last year and I am sure the same applies to you too. The full spectrum of good and bad, happy and sad, is always there but we can choose what we focus on. A favourite mantra of mine is: “that which we focus on expands.” In other words if you choose to see the grey clouds, then that’s what you will see more of. If however you choose to look at a mother duck feeding her babies and building a nest, then you’ll see all sorts of other lovely little families getting on with their lives. We all have our ups and downs and this year has been “full” for me. However, I will say that it has given me a lot to reflect on and if anything I am excited about 2017 and filled with hope for us all. I wish you awareness, and the ability to see through past the “noise” to the heart of things and to recognise the love in almost every situation.

So here’s to a year of new adventure, happiness, peace in our hearts, love and success. To celebrate the approach of the fresh New Year, here’s my latest Crispy Kale recipe – a fab snack for any New Year event.

Making Crispy Curly Super Kale Snacks

Janis and Derek (of “dat is fren” comment in “Healthy cake with apple and maple icing) visited us recently and Derek made this recipe. We had been out that morning to see what fruit and veg were available and Derek remembered his sister had recently made this recipe. Its kind of like magic… on….

crispy kale

Kale is chocked full of minerals and vitamins. Just google it if you want an actual breakdown. The main point is that it is very good for us, is readily available and is inexpensive.

The “magic” about this recipe is that it’s counter intuitive to think that a leafy green vegetable can be turned into crisps. Actually it’s even better than crisps as the effect in your mouth is almost the same as cotton candy. You put in a crispy mouthful of yumminess and it just dissolves into…..what?…..I don’t know…..airy particles……

I’ve said in the recipe that this can feed 3 or 4 people as a snack, but the reality is that Mark and I ate this whole quantity by ourselves.

crispy kale

Serves 3 or 4

200 g fresh kale (mine was the curly variety)

2 cloves garlic finely minced

3 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper

rings on kitchen stand

I’ve included the photo above because I’m sure many of you, like me, take your rings off when you need to get really “involved” with your cooking. Also, the ring stand was made for me by my father in law who sadly passed away recently. As you can see from the chips about the edges it has been well loved and used.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF)

You need to remove the stiff stalks from the middle of each leaf and if you are washing your kale first, please try to dry it as well as you can before this next phase.

crispy kale

Put all the prepared leaves into a large bowl and add all the other ingredients. Get stuck in with your hands and make sure all the leaves get a bit of a blessing.

crispy kale

Lay out on a large baking sheet trying, but not getting too hung up about it, to spread them out in a single layer.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until you are just beginning to see some browning happening, like in the photo below.

No need to panic if when you take them out all are not crispy. You simply put them back in and they kowtow nicely. Also, because you need to eat them immediately and maybe you can’t eat all, they crisp up a few hours later too.

crispy kale


Along with this super Kale snack, I have also pulled up a few of my other favourite go-to pieces. These little beauties are great snacks to add to any event and what is best is that they still go towards supporting a healthy temple for a healthy new year (after the Christmas overload!)

New Year ‘Healthy Cake’ (With Apple and Maple)

Mango Fool Recipe

Spelt Flatbread New Year Snacks

Polenta Lasagne New Year Dish 


 As always, look forward to your thoughts and feedback.

I wish you every happiness and peace, for 2017.


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