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Rob Steele
Rob Steele
6 years ago

This makes me reflect on the meaning of life. The kale eater will have left behind a long trail of excellent compost. He will have consumed and produced. He will have loved and hated and been loved and hated. He might have left offspring who will carry on in the same way for a while. It all seems rather pointless. Vanity of vanities. But there is a point and it’s exactly and no other than whatever point God gives it. What do you have that you were not given? God gives us whatever meaning and significance we have. We can’t… Read more »

Qodesmith
Qodesmith
6 years ago

But kale is so good for you…

Duells Quimby
Duells Quimby
6 years ago

And when I was young we were supposed to eat fried grasshoppers. That was the highest moral good. ????

Dunsworth
Dunsworth
6 years ago

I think it’s sad that some people don’t enjoy kale. I don’t eat it because I think it’s key to extending my life, but it is quite nutritious, and can be prepared in ways that are genuinely tasty.

Sam Moehring
Sam Moehring
6 years ago
Reply to  Dunsworth

I agree! A bit of garlic, salt, and chili go nicely with it.

bethyada
6 years ago
Reply to  Sam Moehring

Chili fixes most things

Nat
Nat
6 years ago
Reply to  bethyada

…as does bacon grease.

Ray D.
Ray D.
6 years ago
Reply to  Nat

Butter is also good to flavor many vegetables, and dip or ranch dressing helps others.

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago
Reply to  Dunsworth

Toasting the buds or sprouts or whatever with a bit of olive oil and sea salt is good.

I was gratified by some genetic research that suggests some people who don’t like green vegetables like brussell sprouts have a taste receptor on their tongues that makes them taste foul. This made me feel better about my childish attitude to greens. A vegetarian who detests most vegetables is indeed a sorry creature.

Dunsworth
Dunsworth
6 years ago
Reply to  jillybean

Hated, loathed Brussels sprouts for 40+ years of my life.

Then I learned how to cook them properly. If you roast them, they don’t overcook and they don’t get that “cabbage in the garbage can” flavor that’s so revolting. In fact, they become sweet and crunchy and my favorite veggie. Well, except for asparagus maybe but that’s too expensive to have more than occasionally.

Now maybe there’s a taste receptor thing going on that means that some people won’t like them regardless. But properly cooked vs. overcooked sprouts are two entirely different things.

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago
Reply to  Dunsworth

Very true. I was introduced to vegetables by my English mother who boiled everything for at least half an hour. Yet she loved them that way.

Dunsworth
Dunsworth
6 years ago
Reply to  jillybean

I like turnips, too, but I’ll eat them boiled and mashed, or roasted. Either way is fine. But I do enjoy strong, bitter, and sour more than the average person, I think. So I can see not liking them.

I don’t have them often because they’re rather tedious to work with. I don’t even peel potatoes except on special occasions but you really can’t get away with that, with turnips.

JL
JL
6 years ago
Reply to  Dunsworth

Asparagus grow beautifully in zone 4 at 4500 feet. I grew a bed from seed about 4 years ago, and seeing them pop their heads out of the ground every spring is such a delight.

Dunsworth
Dunsworth
6 years ago
Reply to  JL

Hate gardening, and don’t have good soil here anyway. I’ll settle for it as an occasional treat — I probably appreciate it more that way anyway.

JohnM
JohnM
6 years ago
Reply to  Dunsworth

Somehow I would have imagined you as the gardening type. Flowers? No? Books about gardening? Surely books. English novels? Can’t think “English” without thinking about gardening. :-)

Dunsworth
Dunsworth
6 years ago
Reply to  JohnM

True, I wouldn’t have made a good English novel character, unless I were of a class to have a gardener. ;-) I like a pretty garden, but I don’t like the work.

JL
JL
6 years ago
Reply to  Dunsworth

My favorite kale recipe:
http://www.paleocupboard.com/zuppa-toscana-soup.html

Added bonus: Turnips!

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago
Reply to  JL

Turnips are proof that this is indeed a fallen world.

bethyada
6 years ago
Reply to  jillybean

I don’t buy them, but they’re fine in soups.

I think most veges are boring if they are just boiled or steamed.

JL
JL
6 years ago
Reply to  jillybean

LOL.

Nat
Nat
6 years ago
Reply to  jillybean

Jilly, I think I have diagnosed the problem. Apparently you are not a child of the South. You need to come to our home for a few days (or more) and we can eat some hickory smoked baby backs (they will make your eyes roll so far back that you’ll be able to look at your brain) with my wife’s delicious turnip greens and corn pone. We’ll wash it down with some good bourbon or scotch and listen to some good 60’s music (I’ve got more good 60’s music than Pharaoh had frogs)! Hopefully you can do this in the… Read more »

Nat
Nat
6 years ago
Reply to  Nat

Go to Chicago and head south. When you smell hickory, stop and ask! Zeke the Lab might bark but he’s generally friendly. Come on in the back door.

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago
Reply to  Nat

Send directions and I will begin to prepare my wardrobe. Scene one: a white dress with 12 yards of muslin forming a hoop skirt, and a picture hat. Scene two: a green velvet dress and matching hat, made from a pair of drawing room curtains from Tara. And a whole bunch of parasols and fans.

Although I almost never drink alcohol, my attention reached a high pitch when you mentioned bourbon. Yes! With a bit of tonic and a slice of lime.

Nat
Nat
6 years ago
Reply to  jillybean

Dang, y’all are makin fun of me. I’m serious. Also y’all can’t wear the white dress before Memorial Day or after Labor Day (not proper). If you don’t eat good meat and veggies etc., and listen to the right kind of music you’re gonna live three years longer and miss out on all the good stuff! It’s the ribs, sprouts, burgers, okra music and football-although my wife teaches heirloom sewing at her shop and believes that when you die if you’ve been good you go to Tara (at least for a little while, misbehave and you go to Vanderbilt where… Read more »

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago
Reply to  Nat

Be still, my heart! You said the magic words: heirloom sewing. If I can master the art of sewing pin tucks with a wing needle before I shuffle off this mortal coil, I will be a happy woman. Could it be that your wife has met Martha Pullen, the sweet seamstress of Alabama who holds up lacy and smocked confections for my admiration on PBS? Who can do flawless French seams on a curved armscye? And your wife actually teaches it! I hope she would like me and not find me beyond the reach of instruction. I am slow but… Read more »

Nat
Nat
6 years ago
Reply to  jillybean

Linda and Martha have been friends for roughly thirty years! Martha has been in our home. She was an Alabama cheerleader back in the 60’s. She’s been through Martha’s classes three times and bought her first sewing machine from Martha. Just a small world. http://www.smockingshop.com

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago
Reply to  Nat

That is amazing! I am sure she is as nice as she appears.

ashv
ashv
6 years ago
Reply to  jillybean

Is this one of those Canadian English/American English things? Here, what we call the spirit consumed with tonic and lime is gin.

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago
Reply to  ashv

So much I don’t know. When I was a young woman ordering a drink in a bar, I thought it was the height of sophistication to order a Southern Comfort, tonic, and lime. Gin was a bit too much like Mother’s Ruin.

bethyada
6 years ago
Reply to  JL

This looks nice, but I’d use cream

JL
JL
6 years ago
Reply to  bethyada

I’ve tried both, and either works well.

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years ago
Reply to  Dunsworth

Kale is an amazing base in fruit smoothies. I thought it would ruin the taste, but it actually improves the texture without hurting the taste at all.

Dunsworth
Dunsworth
6 years ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Well, now, this is where we part company. I see no point in making good food into unpalatable goop and then finding ways to make it palatable again, or being excited that the goop is actually palatable after all. Just eat the stuff already. (This opinion worth what you paid for it and as binding upon you as any opinion of mine.)

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years ago
Reply to  Dunsworth

Oh, heck no, blended frozen bananas with yogurt might be better than ice cream. Add berries and you have a close approximation to manna. The kale is just to make it substantial enough that I can convince myself I’m eating a meal. When I was living with a friend who had the blender, freezer, and fruit to make it happen, this was my everyday breakfast.

Bike bubba
6 years ago

Like the old joke about the couple in their nineties who tragically die in a car crash, and while being given the tour of Heaven by St. Peter, the man sees the banquet table….notes he can’t eat all that because of his heart….and St. Peter tells him “no, this is Heaven, you can enjoy it all”. He then says that he needs to hold back on how much he eats, and Peter says “no, this is Heaven, you won’t get fat.” He then turns to his wife and says “you and your bran muffins….we could have been here 20 years… Read more »

JL
JL
6 years ago
Reply to  Bike bubba

I laughed out loud at this. Oddly, my husband did not.

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years ago
Reply to  Bike bubba

lol

wisdumb
wisdumb
6 years ago

It’s not about when you die; it’s about how well you live until you die.
Eating poorly may end your life early, but eating well won’t keep you from death.
Do you use good gas in your nice car? Why?

lloyd
6 years ago

The only good thing about kale is that you can freeze it.

Ilion
Ilion
6 years ago
Reply to  lloyd

I expect it also makes nice compost; so that’s two points in its favor.

Wendell Dávila Helms
Wendell Dávila Helms
6 years ago

I haven’t seen 40 acres the last few times I’ve checked into Wilson’s blog. 40, are you around? Not that I generally agree with 40 any more than I do with Wilson, but I think 40 contributed a significant part of the value of this blog.

"A" dad
"A" dad
6 years ago

40 proof said he was signing off for some personal reason. A month ago?
He commented a few more times under another name, then, has dropped off completely.

I thought he was too obnoxious and overdone.

"A" dad
"A" dad
6 years ago
Reply to  "A" dad

Yeah, what g’ said.

St. Lee
6 years ago

You might say that 40 acres was the kale to Pastor Wilson’s Filet Mignon.

St. Lee
6 years ago
Reply to  St. Lee

at least as far as kale makes good compost, that is…

Wendell Dávila Helms
Wendell Dávila Helms
6 years ago
Reply to  St. Lee

I think of 40 more like the guy that reveals that Wilson’s steakhouse is actually sourcing its filet mignons from horses.

"A" dad
"A" dad
6 years ago

Wendell Berry, cannot, as of yet, be reached for comment!

; – )

jillybean
jillybean
6 years ago

He had a diabolically acute memory for everything people had written in the past. There was no point in trying to get away with a contradiction of what you had said before!

Wendell Dávila Helms
Wendell Dávila Helms
6 years ago
Reply to  St. Lee

Or “textured vegetable protein.”

Rob Steele
Rob Steele
6 years ago

Off topic but possibly of interest: How to Accuse the Other Guy of Lying with Statistics.

Malachi
Malachi
6 years ago

I’ve often said this: “When I die, I want it to be with a cheeseburger in one hand and a box of fries in the other.” In the meantime, when I’m at church potluck, I always go to the dessert table first–for two reasons. 1) I might die before I make it to through to the end, and I don’t want to have missed out on cherry cheesecake, and 2) by the time I DO make it through to the end, if I haven’t already snitched that cherry cheesecake, two hundred million kids will have scarfed it all…while their plates… Read more »

Daithi_Dubh
Daithi_Dubh
6 years ago
Reply to  Malachi

AMEN!!!