Friday, 12 February 2010

Quick and Tasty Snack Idea

So I was in The Chocolate Box (there's one on-site at work, so I can't help but fall for the siren call sometimes), feeding my Vienna Almonds addiction, when the girl who works there asked why I didn't get the Cinnamon Coated ones. She let me have a piece, and they were indeed very tasty.

But then I thought? That's like, $7 a bag. I already have raw almonds and cinnamon at my desk. Surely, I can concoct something like this myself?

So I pull out my little bag of almonds, dump a little of the cinnamon that I also have stored at work, sealed and shake. Worked a treat!

Friday, 5 February 2010

Found: Organic Chicken Wings

It's always been a puzzle to me, why when I go to the supermarkets chicken section, why there's be whole organic chicken, organic chicken breast and organic chicken thighs, but no wings. What happens to all the wings that goes with those other bits?

At Woolworth's, some, at least, do occasionally get sold labeled as organic wings.

Now, the packet didn't come cheap, but I had to try them. That one packet was less than half a kilo, 4 whole wings. That's not a lot of wings. So I decided to eat them at whole and complete as possible. I want to taste as much of the natural flavour as possible.

Marinade with some macadamia nut oil, dried mixed herbs, pepper, salt and basil. Grill each side till done. Results below.

I added a touch of Tabasco sauce when serving for extra kick. Delicious!

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

What is Kale?

Ah, Kale. If you're already a regular blog reader of Food and/or health sites, you've probably seen recipes with this and read about the many wonderful qualities of this vegetable. But how many have actually seen this mysterious Kale? Certainly, the pictures does not show anything that I've seen in the markets. So I hit good, ol' Google in search of an answer.

So back to the question, What is Kale? Is it known as something else here? Well, it seems that it's part of the cabbage family and very similar to Collard Greens. Apparently it's also called Borecole. (For more information, I suggest you go to the Kale wiki page.)

Not that the above information has helped me find Kale. The word on the interweb is that sometimes they can be found and the greengrocers, possibly as a special order if you ask nicely.

Either way, right now it's supposed to be planting season. Maybe someone can grow me some instead?

So what made me go on this Kale hunt? Well, Kale chips (via!

I'm always on a lookout for a nice, crunchy replacement for chips. No matter, how fit and healthy I get, I still drool when I think about chips. Or I could experiment. Anyone know if I can buy Collard Greens in Oz?

For further, related reading, try this link to about specialty vegetables in Australia.