Super Foods: Massaged Kale Salad

I have long been a fan of this hearty green, now regarded as a 'super food'. Known for its explosive levels of Vitamin A, C, K, and considerable amounts of cooper, manganese and fiber, kale is the total package. Kale can also boast that it is a strong anti-inflammatory, which for you older and sickly folks is pretty much all you should be eating. But all that aside, how does it taste?

I feel like every time I offer someone kale, they have a horror story of its bitterness and lack luster flavor. I'm sorry for those of you scared by a misguided chef who didn't know what to make of this wonderful green, but please, I beg you to reconsider writing it off! Kale is a hearty and bossy cooking green but is not a one trick pony! This recipe highlights the delicate and rich flavor that kale has to offer, but unlike your usual salad green, kale needs a but more TLC. In order to break down kales firmness it requires a lemon-salt massage. This may seem like a hassle but with all the benefits gained from raw kale, it seems like a pretty fair trade. Kale, which comes in many forms such as curly (pictured above), dinosaur, or red Russian, can stand up to bold flavors of this zesty dressing or a Caesar. Play around with with kale and get your daily values of vitamins! 

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D.I.Y Terrariums


Terrariums are the latest craze in the gardening world; there are so many varietals, shapes, and sizes to play around with. However pre-made terrariums can run you a pretty penny. I took interest in figuring these out babies a few years a go when I saw them being sold at shops around the city. When checking the price tag, I was always astonished at the absurde prices of 40, 80 and even 150 dollars. Disheartened by the their price range, I soon started researching how to do-it-yourself. The first step is to start scouting out interesting glass containers. I found a few of the glass container pictured above at a Flea Market at Clarke Park, for around 2-5 dollars a pop. Reusing old liquor bottles such as Art in the Age's perfect corked bottles, St. Germains or even old mason jars, all work well too. The possibilities are endless and it creates a one-of-a-kind piece of living art! 

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