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The Latest Food Trend Is Here: And It’s Not Kale

Dear Kid,

The next kale has arrived. This is a good thing, because the last kale was, well, kale.

Just to be clear, kale is not a vegetable. Kale is a garnish that people discovered you could turn into chips by drowning pieces in oil and spices. As “chips” kale became a great conveyor for salt and you could barely taste the kale part.

As far as some of us are concerned, even that much kale was pushing it. Which is why you’ve never been served kale in our house. (Yes, I am just anti-kale and you’ll just have to accept me as I am.)

The newest food trend is—are you ready for this?—chickpea water.

It sounds better if you call it aquafaba, but whatever you call it it’s the stuff you pour off when you open a can of chickpeas.

The good news is no one is suggesting drowning chickpea water in salt and oil and somehow turning it into chips.

The better news is it’s not kale.

Chickpea water or kale? Not really a hard decision is it. DearKidLoveMom.comCooks and bartenders are using aquafaba as an egg white substitute for all sorts of things like meringues and whipped cream and ice cream and those creamy drink things that bartenders make with raw eggs. (Not sure where to classify raw egg consumption on the ick scale, but I’m guessing it lands pretty close to kale.)

The cool part is that people are reducing waste by taking something that was just going down the drain and turning into YUM.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to follow the trend and try using chickpea water to make meringue. But I have to say, I’m a bit intrigued.

And it’s not kale.

Love, Mom

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McDonald’s, Kale, Hockey, and Blood Pressure | Seriously??

Dear Kid,

It’s National Blood Pressure Month.

Unfortunately, it’s also soccer season and hockey playoffs which means your father will not be participating in National Blood Pressure Month in the normal keep-your-blood-pressure down tradition.

It’s also National Barbecue Month and National Hamburger Month and National Salad Month.

I’m not sure these things are as well coordinated as they might be.

 If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit DearKidLoveMom.comIn other news, Starbucks has a new mini Frappuccino (only 4 billion calories of caffeinated brain freeze) and McDonald’s is serving kale at select locations.

Yep, you heard me. Mickey D is serving kale.

(I’ll give you a moment for that to settle in.)

The golden arches is testing kale in breakfast bowl. In Southern California. Because everyone goes to McD thinking “Hmmm….Egg McMuffin or Quinoa and Kale?”

Except for the alliteration (which I like a lot) the idea of Quinoa and Kale at McDonald’s does nothing for me. I take that back—it makes me slightly queasy, but other than that, nothing.

In case you’re in a betting sort of mood, you can be safe in betting that Girlfriendology and I will not be hopping a plane to Southern California to test the new food offering.

Enjoy lots of new taste and try lots of new things on your trip. (You are not required to try fast food kale if you don’t want to.)

Love, Mom

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