kale caesar salad with roasted chickpeas

A vegetarian (egg and fish free) caesar dressing is tossed with Tuscan kale and roasted chickpea ‘croutons’ for an exceptionally good kale caesar salad. Perfect for make-ahead meals.  Over the weekend, I had some very grown-up moments. My income tax statement arrived, and unlike my many years of being a student and getting happy refunds,… 

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kale and white bean tortilla

A riff on a Spanish-style tortilla featuring ribbons of Tuscan kale and replacing the traditional potatoes with heart-healthy cannellini beans. Five years ago today I said a tearful goodbye to my husband as he walked through the gates of the Vancouver International Airport to board a flight to Minneapolis, then Amsterdam, then Stockholm. I returned… 

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kale and walnut pesto

The season is changing. This was clear as we slipped past the equinox over the weekend; a sunny Saturday gave way to a stormy Sunday, complete with flashes of lightening and thunder so loud and close it shook the windows of our apartment. On Saturday, while it was still nice out, I did a fly-by… 

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kale salad with quinoa and smoked feta

A delicious kale salad with quinoa, dried cranberries, smoked feta, and sunflower seeds. Hearty and filling, this kale salad is a real crowd pleaser. When we first moved overseas, nearly four years ago now, every time we flew back to Stockholm from Vancouver I would pack an extra suitcase, filled to the brim with foodstuffs…. 

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kale and butternut squash salad

Yesterday morning I was enjoying a champion breakfast of tea, cold pizza, and a backlog of low-quality advent calendar chocolates, when it occurred to me how unbelievably close to Christmas we are. Between a run of epic thanksgiving dinners thrown by my American expat friends, the company Christmas party, festive drinks happenings, and holiday potlucks,… 

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roasted kale and sweet potato salad

There are some pretty clear signs that we’re barreling towards Christmas time. For starters, there are Christmas decorations everywhere. There are lights being strung, the stores are stocked with gingerbread and glögg, and the city of Stockholm has started construction on the crazy tall tree that stands each year in front of the royal palace…. 

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garlicky kale salad with mustard croutons

In my experience, when you get a group of expats together the conversation almost inevitably turns to food: mainly, the things can’t get in your new country of residence. One my my biggest beefs with Sweden, other than the devastating lack of a Whole Foods or anything comparable, is the kale situation. I don’t get… 

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on the bandwagon – kale chips

I know, I’ve been bad lately. Actually, scratch that. I’ve been very very good lately, hence the total lack of posts. Classes are now done with, papers handed in, projects wrapped up. My first four exams came in quick sequence; a one-two-three-four punch. I was feeling moderately sorry for myself until a girl in one… 

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