May 15, 2011

Kale with mushroom and kale pesto


I love my quiet Sunday mornings in the kitchen. After my morning exercise I often bake something for us to enjoy later in the day. Most Sunday mornings I feel peaceful and serene, knowing that I have a whole day to spend catching up on things and spending time with my partner. This is the perfect time to make something that I'd normally find fiddly or time-consuming. This dish is neither, but it made me happy to work with such beautiful ingredients.
 

I am always inspired by the beautiful produce I see at the farmer's markets or the green grocer. When I picked up two huge bunches of kale leaves from the green grocer the other day I had no idea what I'd make of them, but I knew they looked so pretty I couldn't leave them behind. The gorgeous purple pared with the snow white leaves looked just so inspiring. I wanted to make something that would celebrate this gorgeous vegetable and that wouldn't require hours in the kitchen. These cute little leaves filled with kale and mushroom pesto would make a perfect party snack or an appetiser and once again the recipe is easy to adapt to your own liking. Fresh herbs are a must, however, but you could use different mushrooms like shiitake or Swiss brown and use pine nuts instead of sunflower seeds.

Kale with mushroom and kale pesto

purple and white kale, one bunch each, leaves picked and washed

Mushroom and kale pesto

1 tablespoon good olive oil
small handful of mixed fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage)
1 clove garlic, finely sliced
10 cup mushrooms, sliced
pinch of salt (I use Pink Himalayan)
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
juice of 1/4 Meyer lemon 
130g bigger kale leaves
1/2 Meyer lemon, to serve

1. Pick the small inner leaves off the kale - wash and set aside.

2. Cut the stems off the bigger leaves and place in a steamer. Steam for about one minute. Remove from the steamer and set aside.

3. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a small frying pan. Add the garlic, herbs and mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until the mushrooms are just softened, 2-3 minutes.

4. Place the steamed kale leaves along with the mushroom and herb mixture (with any left-over oil in the pan) into a food processor. Add the sunflower seeds and squeeze in the lemon juice (use the zest too if you want more flavour). Blitz until coarsely chopped, not too fine.

5. Serve the small kale leaves with the pesto and extra wedges of lemon.


46 comments:

  1. So colorful! Have a great day!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Marvelous! That dish is so beautiful, colorful and very tempting.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    ReplyDelete
  3. kale on kale -- i love this! I have never seen white kale before, it's so pretty.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Gorgeous. I love kale but have not seen any purple or whit kale. Unfortunately, we are seriously lacking when it comes to variety of produce here in the Az. Desert. This is a dish I will definitely be making, I love the ingredients and simplicity. I agree that fresh herbs are a must!

    ReplyDelete
  5. So vibrant! I love the Rococo dish darling!

    ReplyDelete
  6. That is such an inspired dish; i like to cook like this too, let emotion inspire me; this is brilliant.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I so enjoy lazy sunday.. I always try to keep it free .. just enjoy the full day at home and enjoy every second :)
    It seams like Kale is in every blog, but what am seeing here is different. Never saw these pretty colors or such cute tiny leaves. Such gorgeous photos!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. oh wow! your photos are just stunning! kale pesto sounds very tempting and lovely right now. thank you for sharing this. have a great day

    ReplyDelete
  9. I m amazed at the colorful foods you eat.Looks so fresh and healthy!I m looking at purple kale for the first time..thanks for the visual treat!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This looks really pretty! We usually eat kale with sausages here in Germany, it's a typical North-German dish. I prefer the sweeter red cabbage, but from time to time, it's indeed quite yummy.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Oh, I am so incredibly envious! It's almost impossible to get kale here in Canberra - well, I once found it at the farmer's market, but it cost $5 for a tiny bunch (almost as bad as bananas :P ) I live for the day it becomes mainstream and I can make things like this!

    ReplyDelete
  12. So lovely. I have a bunch of curly kale I bought at Eveleigh Market yesterday. Look forward to doing something with it!

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is the most gorgeous salad I have ever seen! When I get Kale at my local farmers market next week I am definately making this. Truly gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Such pretty colours! I have heard that Kale does not taste good but I think I have to re-evaluate it - something that looks this pretty can't possibly taste nasty.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I've never seen such beautiful little kale leaves! I love how colorful this dish is.

    ReplyDelete
  16. What a great dish. I saw Kale at the farmers market the other day too, but i didn't buy it, next time i will and make this!

    ReplyDelete
  17. This is a visual delight. Delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  18. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous! They are pretty enough to be framed!

    ReplyDelete
  19. The colours are stunning. I love the curly, frilly edges on the kale.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Beautiful ingredients, indeed! I don't think I've ever seen more beautiful kale. Love both your uses for it in this dish!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Nice Post! Glad I found this blog!

    If you're into photography, check out my blog. I'm a photographer!

    www.electricbrandon.com

    If you want, follow it and I'll do the same. Thank you. :)

    ReplyDelete
  22. The weekend is a lovely time to get stuck in! But I love this simplicity:)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Sundays are my favorite days for cooking as well. Great recipe - I love the idea of using mushrooms and kale for pesto. Beautiful photos, too! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  24. This almost looks too good to eat! Such beautiful colours :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. What a Colorful and delicious looking dish! I'm loving these beautiful cute little leaves :)

    Have a wonderful day,

    Aldy.

    ReplyDelete
  26. The kale is SO beautiful. It almost looks like flower petals.

    I'm inspired by beautiful ingredients too. You can't help but want to use it well and do it honour when you cook it.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I think kale is quickly becoming my favorite vegetable. I LOVE this purple kale. I have such a weakness for gorgeous and unique veggies.

    ReplyDelete
  28. How beautiful - and of course your wonderful photography makes it even better!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Wow, how beautiful does this look?!?! I love it for the photos alone, though I'm sure it's absolutely gorgeous, too!

    Sues

    ReplyDelete
  30. Never see purple and white kale before can just eat it for the gorgeous color itself. Delicious.

    ReplyDelete
  31. As usual, beautiful pictures....your pictures take my breath away for a second or two and I just enjoy being in your world. Your dish is always unique (at least to me) and I like the surprise when I visit your site. I need to catch up on your posts now. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  32. Looks fantastic ~ I could devour it all in no time :) Your shots are fabulous as always!
    US Masala

    ReplyDelete
  33. Such beautiful leaves! I've never really appreciated how pretty they are. It's like they're dipped in lime salt :)

    ReplyDelete
  34. your photos look so peaceful and serene.. arhh why am i at uni? ..

    ReplyDelete
  35. Very beautiful! I've never seen such beautiful kale before! Great clicks.

    ReplyDelete
  36. what amazing pictures. SO beautiful and making me wish I was there! Love the simple and elegant salad. The pesto sounds perfect for not only the salad but a side of pasta as well!

    ReplyDelete
  37. How beautiful! The pictures and recipe both :) For being such a kale lover myself, this I have to try. I will say that the kale you have there looks much prettier than what I find here in the States. Love the mushroom and kale pesto recipe as well. Thank you for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Like someone said I always amazed at the healthy and colorful meals your prepare. Such a visual treat and I'm sure it tastes great too.

    ReplyDelete
  39. White and purple kale....interesting. I never seen those here.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Love the colors of the kale and kale pesto sounds great too!

    ReplyDelete
  41. What a brilliantly coloured salad ! Makes it look almost too pretty to eat.

    ReplyDelete
  42. what a colorful post! first time here and I am WOWing it :) following you and would love for you to visit my blog (assure you of all things vegetarian and yummy :)

    ReplyDelete
  43. btw, you live in the city that My hubs, kids and I LOVED the best on our visit to Aussie land :)

    ReplyDelete