And now onto some holiday reflections. I'll try and make them quick because the holidays are over and we are busy working and collapsing afterwards. (More holiday posts can be found in January when I had more time.)
Glass Den's Nourish bowl. Not so keen on the mock chicken chunks but had to have blue rice. The rest of the bowl lovely and so colourful (avocado, nori, edamame, pickled daikon and pickled ginger with the slightly spicy sauce underneath so as to note destroy the beauty.)
- I was recently told that if people eat lots of turmeric, it has been found that their brains are slightly yellow.
- A colleague picked up whooping cough in China and took the plane home with a tickle in his throat before it was diagnoses. Doesn't that make you shudder about long haul plane trips!
- A quick rant about crazy politics - ignoring extreme climates (we had a massive thunderstorm and 2 hour power cut this week), Brexit is a mess, I can't believe how Trump has used public servants' salaries as pawns, and now the Banking Royal Commission is responding to all the bad stuff banks have done by punishing mortgage brokers. If I had a choice, it would be a no brainer that I would trust my mortgage broker over my bank.
- We put out about 5 bags of Sylvia's old clothes and a few toys after a big clean out in her room. It is not that I suddenly got into the Marie Kondo decluttering. We still have clutter but with kids growing out of clothes and toys, it is necessary to do a cull regularly. We gave away some stuff to family and put the rest in the op shops (charity shops). I had been worried the op shops would not take our stuff because they apparently are inundated due to the Kondo craze but they did. Phew! But then I felt guilty anyway because I have been reading that some of the op shop clothes goes to landfill.
- One of my little victories of the holidays was to have a parking fine withdrawn. The Council sent a fine for parking illegally at an address I had never been and when I provided documents to show I wasn't there, they said just pay anyway. So I appealed again to express my outrage that they had ignored their mistake and never apologised. They dropped the fine. No apology of course. The Council acts as if people who park in the wrong places are the only ones that ever make mistakes.
- How digital natives think. Sylvia told me that the internet was around before travel agents. When I asked how people bought houses she told me, on the internet!
I am sending this to Eat Your Greens being hosted by VegHog.
More kale recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Kale and broccoli salad (gf, v)
Kale, cheese and mole quesadillas (v)
Kale sourdough tortillas (v)
Tahini lime rice with kale and cashews (gf, v)
'Teriyaki' tofu with brown rice and kale (gf, v)
Tomato and kale soup with pistachios (gf, v)
Kale and Pea Soup
Adapted from Veggie Desserts
1-2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 potato (or more), diced
4 cups water
3 tsp stock powder
5 large leaves of curly kale, roughly chopped
1 cup peas
1/2 cup soy milk (or more)
1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1-2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan and cook onion, garlic and potato for 5 minutes over medium heat. Add water and stock powder, pinch each of salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add kale, peas and cook a further few minutes. Stir in milk, nutritional yeast flakes and vinegar. Blend.
On the stereo
Best of the Kinks