Tuesday, February 1, 2011

National Freedom Macaroni Greens with Baked Kale

President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865. So now we're in the clear 146 years later, right? Fuck no. Get wise to your privilege, because white supremacy is a bifocal ideology, working through a positive form, oppression, and a negative form, privilege. Hierarchies abound, and liberation is only possible when it's total.

This recipe's based on Isa's Creamy Red Chard Linguine. This is the first time I've cooked with cabbage. Don't know if I did it right, but I was surprised at its sweetness. Forgetting to add lemon juice turned out to be a significant omission. I tried to make kale chips, but I don't know what other people are doing cuz mine turned out nothing like chips. Maybe I shouldn't have layered the pieces? Maybe my pieces were too large? Maybe the kale was too wet?

makes approx. 4 servings

1/2 lb. macaroni
1 bunch kale, de-leafed, stalks diced
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 cabbage, torn
1 fistful pea greens
1 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. sage
1/2 tsp. tarragon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. cooking sherry
1/2 c. cashews
1 1/2 c. water
1 Tbsp. tahini
1/4 c. yeast flakes
1 tsp. red pepper flakes

1. Soak the cashews in water for an hour.
2. Preheat oven to 350F.
3. Cook the onion in oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once translucent, add the minced garlic. After a couple minutes, add the pressed garlic, thyme, sage, tarragon, salt, and kale stems.
4. Place kale leaves in pan or on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and salt, bake for 12 min. Turn up heat to 350F and bake another 6 min.
5. Add cabbage leaves and pea greens to pan along with 1/2 c. water. Cover and cook for several minutes.
6. Puree cashews in 1 c. water. Once smooth, blend in tahini, yeast flakes, red pepper (and lemon juice).
7. Cook macaroni (or whatever pasta you have handy).
8. Pour the contents of the blender in the pan, bring to a boil, then simmer for several minutes, until the desired consistency.
9. After pasta is cooked, add to pan and coat. Serve with baked kale.

That's all.

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