Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I Heart Kale...

Most of you know by now that I have a special place in myhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif heart and stomach for Kale, the earth's most nutritious super-green! Kale just makes me happy and is so loaded with goodness it's the kind of food that as you are eating it, puts a smile on your face knowing you are feeding your body such goodness.

The other night I decided to experiment with my poached egg obsession...and add kale into the mix. You see, the poached egg tradition runs long and plenty in my family. My maternal grandmother was a huge fan, passing the love of eggs just-cooked-enough-to-get-rid-of-the-runny-whites, down to my mom...who then passed the tradition on to me. A true treat for me when visiting my parents, is when my mom prepares her poached eggs on GF toast for breakfast (or dinner), paired with my favorite tea. Simple, yet delicious and always leaves me feeling a sense of kindred spirit with my mom in the kitchen. Over the years, we've even come to "customize" our poached eggs with perfectly paired avocado, yogurt or Parmesan cheeses, and herbed butter slathered on the toast prior to the layering. It's just damn good no matter how you like to put your ensemble together.

So...as I cooked up a batch of the most fresh and beautiful kale the other night I had an inspiration..."Why not layer the seasoned kale between the toast and my poached eggs, then sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan on top?" So I did! The only things omitted from my recipe were the soy sauce and lemon - not sure I'm brave enough to try that combo with eggs.

It seriously made for the perfect dinner. Simple. Healthy. Nurturing, comfy food.

At this point, I'm fairly convinced that eggs in some form or another, can be paired with most any dish or meal. Perhaps it's my French genes talking but I'm not kidding about this opinion. The more I explore and learn how to become a better home cook, the more I want eggs to be a part of my meals...organic, humanely raised, fresh farm eggs, that is.

I would love to hear how your prepare eggs and what's a favorite recipe so do share!

Happy cooking.

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