Kale + Potato Salad


A new salad from Cameron.  It's delicious and makes great use of seasonal ingredients.   Also, how often do you eat potatoes and pomegranate seeds together?  Probably not enough, right?

Kale + Potato Salad

1 large sweet potato, chopped

2 white potatoes, chopped

olive oil

1 bunch kale leaves, stems discarded

juice of 1/2 lemon

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seeds from 1 small pomegranate

1 cup pecans

splash basalmic vinegar

Heat oven to 425.  Toss sweet potato and white potatoes in a splash of olive oil.  Place onto a baking sheet and roast 45 minutes until done, tossing once. 

While the potatoes are roasting, saute kale in a splash of olive oil, for 5 minutes until wilted.  Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.  

Toss roasted potatoes, kale, pomegranate seeds and pecans together in a large bowl and drizzle with a tiny amount of basalmic vinegar.


Flavored Marshmallows


I feel a bit redundant saying this but some things are better home made and other things aren't.  Marshmallows are mush better when you make them yourself and they are even better when someone else has made them for you.  They can either be cut into squares with a knife or with a cookie cutter.   (Snowflakes are nice for winter time.)   These here are rose flavored but other flavoring can be used (liqueur or extract).  I made peppermint and almond ones last year and I think frangelico would be tasty.  I used a 13" x 9" pan but use a larger one for thinner marshmallows.   

Marshmallows (Rose Flavored)

3 packs gelatin powder

1/2 cup cold water + 1 1/4 cup water

2 cups sugar

2/3 cup corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons flavoring extract (rose, cinnamon, almond, peppermint, coconut)

Non stick baking spray, for lining and cutting

Powdered sugar, sifted, for dusting

In your mixing bowl, add the gelatin powder with 1/2 cup cold water.  It needs 5 minutes or so for the gelatin to do its thing.

In the meantime and in a pot, bring sugar and 1 1/4 cup water to a boil.  Let it boil for 1-2 minutes.  Remove from heat and slowly pour it into the bowl with the gelatin.  The gelatin should have tightened up and formed into something, well, gelatin and almost rubbery.  Add salt and mix with an electric mixer of any kind for 12-14 minutes.  The mixture will be thick, voluminous, white and glossy.  Add flavoring with a quick mix to incorporate.  Pour into a 13" x 9" pan lined with lightly greased parchment paper. Give it a little shake to even out.  Let it set, about 4 hours.  

You now have one giant marshmallow.  Cut it into pieces of any size with a greased knife of cookie cutter. If knife/cutter gets sticky, wipe clean and re spray.  Lightly toss marshmallows in powdered sugar to prevent sticking.  Store in air tight containers at room temperature.