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kitchen diary: september 14

September 16, 2009


truth be told, i haven’t been doing too much in the kitchen that is worth noting or keeping track of here lately. i’m unsure why that is.  part of it is the end of summer, and things have been busy.  while everything at the market is at its peak, and i am certainly enjoying late-summer fruits and veg, any meals that i do prepare are hodge-podge affairs with simply-prepared vegetables as their main ingredient.  for most of august, it was way too hot in NYC to do any cooking at all.  things are busier at work, and when i am not home until 9pm, i need something very quick for dinner.

as a result, i’ve been eating out a lot, and i realized the other day that i’ve eaten an alarming number of hot dogs recently … and not all of them were at yankee stadium (chalk it up to summer, i guess).  so when i do eat at home, i’ve found that i’m drawn to easy meals that are really simple and good for me.  however, many of them are not worth noting here.

but i’ve been making one dish in particular lately, and i think it reflects how my home cooking has changed a bit over the past couple of months.  it’s a salad of kale and chickpeas and it is really tasty, nutritious, and a cinch to prepare.  plus, if i make this for dinner, half of it is saved for lunch the next day.

(of course, the original idea comes from molly and brandon, who showed me just how good chickpea salad could be.)

the deep, nutty flavor combined with a salty, lemony kick is what i really enjoy about this dish.  i clean and chop some kale (i like cavolo nero, or tuscan kale, but any kind will work).  i sauté it in a pan with some olive oil until it is wilted, tender and charred in places (covering the pan at the start so that it steams a bit).  while that is working on the stove, i rinse a can of chickpeas and chuck them into a large bowl.  i grate in half of a clove of garlic (or more to taste), a pinch of red pepper flakes, the zest and the juice of 1 lemon, and grated cheese (i like pecorino a lot, but parm or feta could also work here).  when my kale is ready, i let it cool for a couple of minutes and then add it to the chickpeas.  i toss it all, adding olive oil until glossy and salt and pepper to taste.

the other night, at 9pm, i ate this alongside some toasted bread rubbed with garden tomatoes.  simple and absolutely delicious.

  1. Ramona permalink
    September 16, 2009 9:07 am

    That sounds/ looks so good we are going to make it tonight.

  2. haeshu permalink
    September 16, 2009 9:08 am


  3. marthasnail permalink
    September 16, 2009 9:31 am

    great idea. sounds divine and i like the simplicity.

  4. September 16, 2009 9:32 am

    it’s perfect.

  5. September 16, 2009 9:38 am

    I am very grateful I can get all of these things in Tokyo.

    I am not grateful that it is 11:38 pm.

  6. September 16, 2009 9:43 am

    chickpeas are magical… seriously! they can so easily be reborn in so many disguises. thanks for your inspiration!

  7. September 16, 2009 9:56 am

    yum! i needed a little salad/veggie mixture inspiration. i’ve been getting stuck on green beands, tomatoes and balsamic.

  8. September 16, 2009 10:08 am

    We love and eat lots and lots of chickpeas – Cal likes them straight out of a can and prefers any kind of legume in his lunchbox to a sandwich. I’ll try your salad!

  9. September 16, 2009 10:11 am

    oh I think I’ll be stopping by the store for some kale today. yum.

  10. dianna permalink
    September 16, 2009 10:12 am

    Oh YUM. I am actually almost happy that kale season is upon us, as much as I already miss haricot verts and sungold tomatoes rapidly disappearing from my garden. Thanks for this great inspiration!

  11. September 16, 2009 10:39 am

    I am going to try this tonight! thanks!

  12. September 16, 2009 11:19 am


  13. September 16, 2009 11:41 am

    I have had 2 cans of chickpeas sitting there waiting for me to use them. I am making this tonight!

  14. September 16, 2009 4:27 pm

    yes. sometimes the basics are all you need.

  15. September 16, 2009 7:02 pm

    Oh, what a great idea…. I’m going to try it!

  16. September 16, 2009 8:26 pm

    a delicious idea!
    i like to make
    a similar salad
    with chickpeas &
    kalamata olives…
    plus a little mint.
    looking forward
    to your fall
    kitchen diaries.

  17. September 16, 2009 10:17 pm

    Great picture and post! Kale and chickpeas — together or separate — make my eating life more enjoyable.

  18. September 16, 2009 10:40 pm

    this sounds perfect.
    I just made the kale from molly’s bon appetit article last night -now I need to try this one.

  19. September 17, 2009 4:10 am

    i’m glad that someone else eats as late as i do.
    it always makes me feel a little guilty!
    i can almost taste this…

  20. September 17, 2009 7:36 pm


  21. kym permalink
    September 18, 2009 11:24 am

    i am a kale lover, and i was so excited to try this recipe last night when i got home from work (i also get back around 9 pm). it was super tasty!!! and the ingredients were affordable as well. i couldn’t stop eating it last night, managed to save some for lunch today, and am planning to make it for a pot luck coming up next week. thanks for the recipe.

  22. September 18, 2009 3:08 pm

    mmm sounds delicious yet simple to make! i will definately try it out – thanks!

  23. September 20, 2009 11:19 pm

    Brian, as you can imagine, I love the sound of this. And it’s just what I need right now, after many weeks of pizza, pizza, and more pizza for dinner…

  24. Laura. permalink
    September 22, 2009 7:55 am

    this is perfect. i myself have been wondering where my food preparation abilities/inspiration/gumption has gone the last several weeks. with fall approaching, i think things might get better, and this will certainly help in my efforts. thanks for sharing!

  25. September 26, 2009 4:43 pm

    I’ve been making so many meals out of kale and chickpeas, but this one looks perfect. Anything with lemon and cheese is enough to make me grin madly. Yes, another bowl, please.

  26. September 26, 2009 8:30 pm

    I really like the colour and the mood of your photos! I adore chickpeas, and I make something similar too with spinach and using parmesan :) happy sunday!

  27. November 27, 2011 4:08 am

    After a weekend of drinking lots of beer and eating lots of heavy food, I cannot wait to try this beautiful dish. Kale and lemon are a match made in heaven. Cheers.

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