Friday, 18 March 2016

Seven Quick Takes, episode 7: In which my children willingly eat kale

Hello t'interwebs! It's Friday again, which means it's time for 7QT...

1. I've just finished reading Sophie's Choice and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. Knowing what the "choice" was before I read the book obviously changed the experience a bit, and Styron's approach to the Holocaust is nowhere near as shocking now as it was in 1979 (add to that the fact that I studied the historiography of the Holocaust as a specialist subject in my last year at high school, and it loses its originality). What I really didn't like was all the (really) nasty language, which almost made me stop reading before the end of chapter 2. You have been warned...

2. (Hides face in shame) So I may have made my children matching outfits for Easter... This is possibly the last year where they'll all be happy to be matching, so it was now or never. Also, I found a really easy dress pattern on the internet. More to come on that one once I've sewn all the buttons on and taken some pictures! (Mothers of the internet: please don't shoot me. I'm still on maternity leave at the moment and I only have ONE CHILD for six whole hours on a Thursday, which is when these sorts of things happen).

3. I had two heads of cavolo nero (black kale) lurking in the back of the fridge that I wasn't sure what to do with. In the end, I made kale pesto:

  • Strip leaves from kale stalks. Discard stalks.
  • Plunge leaves into boiling water for 1 minute, then drain, rinse in cold water and squeeze out most of the moisture
  • Place kale in blender with a couple of cloves of garlic, a glug (yes, that is a culinary term) of olive oil, salt, pepper, and a handful of blanched almonds 
  •  Find toddler willing to press blender button several times over the course of a few minutes. 
We had ours with roasted root vegetables (it being Friday in Lent and all), but it would work pretty well with pasta, gnocchi, etc. I have a jar of preserved garlic cloves in the back of the cupboard at the moment, so I used those: they have a fairly mild flavour and don't need cooking. If you're using normal, raw garlic, though, I'd suggest blanching it with the kale.
I suspect walnuts would be a pretty good substitution for the almonds, and it goes without saying that parmesan cheese would definitely add something... in any case, my kids ate it without complaining, so it's a winner in my books.

4. Also on a culinary note, I have oompa-loompa orange hands at the moment from chopping up butternut squash this morning. I just felt the need to share that. Sorry.

5. Last weekend, Mx asked me if her godmother had fixed Jesus. It took me a while to work out where the idea had come from... turns out she was getting "Jo" (her godmother - who also happens to be a doctor, so you can see where the fixing-people thing comes in) mixed up with "Dieu" (i.e. God). Nice idea, but... no.

6. Pointless philosophical reflection of the day: why is it so hard to find purple shoe polish? Hmmmm. Mx's boots are definitely looking a bit the worse for wear, and I'd like it if they could last until after Easter...

7. I had to change the names of two of my posts when I found out that "BabyLit" is actually a thing. They're now called Baby Edits. Vol. 1 is here and vol. 2 is here.

On that note, have a very happy weekend!

Linking up with Kelly for 7QT.


  1. That is so cute that you made your children matching Easter outfits! I bet they look adorable :)
    I've never heard of "Sophie's Choice" before, but I just looked up a basic plot summary, and it sounds really interesting! Ugh, I don't like horrible language, though, and it makes me sad when books have a lot of it thrown in! I took a wonderful course on Holocaust literature in college, and some of the books we read (like "The Human Race," by Robert Antelme) had awful language.

  2. Thanks for stopping by :-)
    There is a LOT of language aand some pretty distasteful subject matter in Sophie's Choice, quite aside from the Holocaust stuff - I think I would have avoided it had I known in advance.
    I'm just hoping all the Easter outfits fit!

  3. We got a CSA one summer that beat us over the head with kale, week after insufferable week. I guess I'm desensitized to it now and can occasionally cook with it, but I don't think I'll ever be the same.

  4. I know the feeling! We've been getting a lot of Swiss chard recently, I'll be glad when the season's over...