Food: Kale chips

As a native Californian, I want to joke that I am obligated to make this dish. This would not be true… but it sounds like it should be, doesn’t it?

Baked Kale Chips

Olive oil and seasoned salt are all you need to turn fresh kale leaves into delicious good-for-you baked snacks.

Not so secret: there are a lot of recipes for kale chips, with various differences that don’t seem to matter very much. Just baking washed kale that you’ve torn or cut into tortilla-chip-sized pieces and tossed in olive oil on a cookie sheet until it is crisp. 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or a little less. Maybe turn them over if they were really heavy/curly, to ensure even crisping.

Culture: Anthropomorphic Cakes

This article brought me great joy. I laughed so hard I cried. Either this is because I was exhausted beyond all measure, because the article is funny in a very British way, or (most likely answer) BOTH. Recommended if you like dry-yet-hyperbolic-British humor.

‘It looks like a haunted waxwork’: The Great British Bake Off bust cakes – ranked!

We never needed The Great British Bake Off more than we do now. This is partly because, in this age of frightening uncertainty, Bake Off’s spirit of good-natured fun feels like a warm tight hug. And also, based on last night’s episode, this year’s series is going to be flat-out barmy.

Recommended recipe: tomato rasam (tomato charu)

I eat constantly and enthusiastically! I am not ashamed of this. 🙂

Rasam is a soup from Southern India that I haven’t had great luck with in restaurants. It didn’t seem half as interesting as sambar, and I have been repeatedly disappointed by a sort of watery version that I’ve been served.

Yet, I’d optimistically made up a huge jar of rasam powder at some point, which has just been sitting in my spice cabinet in a nearly accusing way for several years. So, I decided to give rasam another try with this recipe, which incorporates lots of fresh tomatoes:

Tomato Rasam (Tomato Charu) from indianhealthyrecipes.com

Tomato rasam recipe (Tomato charu) How to make tomato rasam

Tomato rasam recipe – Rasam is a daily affair at home for dinner on most weekdays. Rasam, a vegetable stir fry with rice and ghee makes a comforting meal and is easy to prepare as well. Tomato rasam is light on the stomach and aids in digestion and hydrates the tummy.

This recipe is GREAT! I used slightly overripe fresh tomatoes, and found the soup flavorful, warming, and yet still light. I served it with a bit of rice, just to add some carbs and give the spices something to contrast to.

I will make this again!