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Salt and Cinnamon Kale Crisps by Jamie Oliver

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Just before the new year all my kale finally got to the stage that I could start harvesting it, and using it to create some new recipes. I personally have never had kale before; I have never grown my own, I have never eaten any at restaurants or bought any from a store, so I am quite excited about how I can use this to make a few new dishes. As my partner has the opinion that kale is only good for feeding cows rather then being a superfood for human beings, I have the task of eating all our kale by myself.

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Kale crisps are probably the most well known form of cooking kale. I thought this would be a good starting recipe, and through my google searching I stumbled across Jamie Olivers ‘8 Killer Kale Recipes‘ This is exactly what I need to be off and away on my new kale journey. It seems this recipe was published in his cookbook Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook. I wish I owned this but alas at this point and time I do not, so have just printed it off the internet and gone from there.

I honestly did not really enjoy the kale crisps at all. I am not sure whether it was because I did not know what I was doing, and there was definitely one kale leaf that did not come out edible, but I really did not like the flavour. They were saved by the salt and cinnamon, but barely. I am not sure whether I do not like the flavour because it is a super healthy leafy  green, or I did not cook them properly but I do not think that kale crisps will be something I will try again. I might have to try add kale into some other dishes in a different way and see if this makes a difference. I figure that I absolutely love cooked spinach or silverbeet so I should really enjoy kale. Turns out, not as kale crisps.

In terms of my experience there was a bit too much liquid which stopped them going full crispy. I think I may have added a bit too much oil as I was doing a much smaller amount of kale then Jamie uses in his recipe. I also would cut the leaves down a whole lot more, into small bite-sized pieces. I left the stalks in (going against the recipe) out of laziness and that was a bad idea, as when they are crisped up the stalks are relatively tough and not worth the effort to chew through.

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To see my post on How to Grow Kale visit here.

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