Introducing my friend Mr Kale

I love kale (borecole). It’s a beautiful vegetable so green, curly and leafy. Kale is really healthy it’s high in vitamin C and K, lutein, beta carotene and a bunch of other stuff. It amazes me that it is so hard to buy here in New Zealand so I thought I would share how amazing kale is and some ideas of what you can do with it.

Kale is super easy to grow basically you buy seedlings (in Autumn or winter) or seeds and put them in the ground and they will grow like crazy. Kale is a great meal filler making some cheap tasty family meals; all these meals featured cost less than $10 (some much less) to make and are big enough for several meals. Kale is very popular in Holland and the States but New Zealanders are seriously missing out on some super yummies.

Below are some of my favourite kale recipes:

Borenkool (farmer’s kale): a traditional Dutch winter meal. You can’t go wrong with kale, potatoes and sausage (vegetarian ones over here). Yummy!


Creamed kale with caramelized onion; we made this for the first time tonight with the last of our winter kale (will plant some seeds in the new garden). This was super yummy especially with fresh fettuccine.


Greek-style lentil and kale soup: another all year round favourite especially with homemade bread. This soup is magic it’s so easy to make. I love the mixture of mint, lentils, kale and feta.


These last two recipes look super yummy but I haven’t had a chance to make them yet. Since we have no kale left until I plant my seeds we can’t make these for a few weeks. However these recipes look so yummy I just had to share them as well.

Kale chips: don’t they sounds so yummy. I love chips and I love kale so I imagine they are amazing.


Kale presto gnocchi: Again I love kale, love pesto and love gnocchi so I cant wait to make this recipes either.


Do you like kale? What are your favourite kale recipes?


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11 thoughts on “Introducing my friend Mr Kale

  1. November 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I have a wee kale addiction myself! Isn’t it weird that it’s so hard to come by back home in NZ? I used to grow loads of it in NZ, but there is so much of it everywhere in Australia that I mostly buy it now. Cavolo nero (Italian kale) is wonderful too. My fav ways to eat are; raw in a salad, pesto and kale chips with sea salt and vinegar 🙂

  2. November 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I know crazy right? I’ve only seen it for sale in two places; the organic shop here at $3 a tiny bunch and at a bulk place in Palmerston North. Now I just grow my own. Might look into the Italian kale at some stage too. Pesto and kale chips yummy!

  3. November 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    The gnocchi sounds divine. My seeds are about 3cm tall now, and there will be plenty there Madeleine – more than I’ll be able to use. YUM, and thanks for sharing!!

  4. November 18, 2011 at 1:33 am

    @Kris Cute. Cant wait to see the seeds. So cute. Can’t wait to put some more in the ground so I can have the gnocchi. Who knows I might even get keen and make the gnocchi too!

  5. November 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I have come to love kale and know about 17 ways to use kale, but I got some new ideas here! Thanks!

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  8. Michele Duggan
    May 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Wash kale and take hard spines out. Slice into ribbons. Heat olive oil in a wide frying pan, add garlic and chilli then kale ribbons. Cook and toss until done, serve over short pasta with plenty of fresh parmesan.

  9. Anonymous
    May 18, 2013 at 1:26 am

    My partner loves his Kale, and now we are growing it too! Unfortunately everything else seems to like it too :(, he loves to slice it up, with diced tomatoe and then mixes an egg through it and microwaves for a short time, says its delicious, I will take his word for it!

    1. May 18, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      sounds yummy. Most things seem to ignore cavelo nero (except my bunnies) but my chooks don’t touch it and the bugs arent bad.

  10. Muzz
    June 23, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Madelaine – I don’t know where you got the idea that Kale is scarce. 60 – 70 years ago it was the main “green” we could grow in winter in the south (Dunedin and Cromwell), that survived the winter, even at minus 10. I still grow and eat it all year – but April sown for winter veggies.

    That apart, hundreds of hectares were (and still are) grown for winter feed here in the south – both as curly-leaf (Scotch) kale and as chou moellier (flat leaf-kale – a little less hardy – but stalks are edible for stock).

    Kale also makes a great addition to bean soups (e.g. Caldo Gallego) – or any soup for that matter and may be more acceptable in this softer form to children.

    My Scottish ancestors (150+ years ago), grew it for all these reasons – the “kaleyard” is the common term, very hardy, persistent and low maintenance – but cover with a fine mesh from teh white butterfly …. and keep hens well away! They go ape for it.