Recipe: Kale Kicker

by Polly N on August 27, 2010

In writing what I think I’m about to write, I am about to destroy any grossly misguided and inaccurate misconceptions that I am infact “cool” or ever have been…so here it goes. I got really excited today, I mean, really excited, far more than what is considered normal, when I discovered some organic kale leaves at my local farmshop. I’ve found it really difficult to find organic kale around Cambridge so on spying the two packs sitting on the shelf at The Larder at Burwash Manor, I whipped them up into my arms faster than you can say “kaleissogoodforyou!”

I was supposed to go round to my friend’s house for a cuppa, but I couldn’t resist first making a detoxifying cleansing juice from some of the leaves and some bits from the fridge. Kale is LOADED, and I mean packed FULL of vitamins (A&C in particular), minerals and anti-cancer nutrients. BULLSEYE! That’s the magic word! Yep that’s what we want so if that means buying it in bulk and having to trek to the ends of the earth (although luckily it was just a mile down the road), then so be it! I want as much as you can give me please! If you’re after some solid facts about kale, you should know this; it is extremely cleansing (meaning it helps rid the body of unwanted toxins), immune-boosting, skin-healing, bone-building and is generally an all round superfood! If vegetables were celebrities, Kale would be Oprah – yes – extremely powerful and influential.

I had some watercress left in the fridge so I threw a handful of that in with a stalk of celery and 2 apples to sweeten. WARNING!! Watercress is extremely strong so start small and work your way up. If it’s too strong at first, add another apple to sweeten.


  • 2 kale leaves (you can substitute for curly kale if you can’t find long leaf kale)
  • 1 stick celery
  • 2 apples
  • Handful watercress

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Karen Wood September 6, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Hi Polly, I am going to plant some Kale in my organic garden right now! will try and get organic seeds today…….I like a green smoothie so i could use it in that…..or I made a nettle gnochhi the other day, so could substitute with Kale (I know – cooked, but very yummy!)

Our local raw food place dehydrates kale and makes kale crisps similar to your sweet potatoe ones, and they are delish!



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