Monday, February 27, 2012

winner, winner, potato and kale dinner

hello! i know i promised a winner on friday, but i was seriously in the throws of the worst cold/flu monster i've ever had - three and a half days, no work, completely bedridden. did you know you can be in bed so long that your body is actually sore from being in bed too long? fact. finally, saturday night, i dragged myself out of bed (just in time to catch andrew bird at the bell house) and had a semi-normal sunday, if it is semi-normal to fall asleep at 8:45 pm. so i'm not 100% yet. but i'm getting there.


top: j crew
dress: thrifted
tights: urban outfitters (fleece lined! so warm!)
shoes: thrifted
brooch: thrifted
hair: lack of cut, dye or attention in 6 months and counting

so, anyways, i promised on friday that i'd have a winner and i am a solid three days late, so without further ado: dawn of turby and john! shoot me an email (homerunballerina@gmail.com) and we'll work out the details. congratulations, wear it in happiness and health! and thank you to all of you who entered - more giveaways soon.

it's been awhile since i posted any food - which feels so wrong! - so i have a quick, easy, and even pretty healthy dinner for you guys. for what it's worth, i've become a complete instagram addict - you can follow me @oddreigh - and post my daily goings-on at the bakery a few times a day there. so it's really not that i stopped posting about food - just that i switched to a quicker, more immediate medium.

i was in ann arbor last weekend, visiting family and getting to spend some all-too-rare time with my little sister and mom, and spent a lot of time at my aunt susie's place. aunt susie and i have a lot in common - both "creative" types, i guess, who love to draw, bake and create - and she had a library of cookbooks that made me swoon. i got to flip through quite a few of them (sneaking iphone photos of the ones i want to buy for myself) but one recipe caught my eye, and was so simple i was able to sort-of-memorize it, enough to make it for dinner tonight.

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potato and kale galette (adapted from an old gourmet cookbook)

1 bunch of kale, leaves pulled of the stem, torn up and washed
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
3 T butter
2 large baking potatoes, cleaned, peeled and sliced very thin (i used a mandolin)

start off by getting your oil going in a pan, over medium heat; once hot, add the garlic and cook just until it starts to brown; add the kale, still wet from being rinsed, and cook it until it's very wilted, and much brighter green. turn off the heat, and set it aside.

now get a cast iron pan going. i used a 10 inch pan. melt about a tablespoon of butter in the pan, then mosaic about 1/3 of the potato slices over it, working quickly; add 1/2 of the kale, then another 1/3 of the potato slices mosaiced (salt and pepper this, and brush a bit of melted butter atop them,) then the other half of the kale and the last of the potatoes. basically, you've made a double-decker potato and kale pancake. brush the top layer of potatoes generously with butter, then butter a piece of aluminum foil and use a heavy pan to weigh down the stack. let them cook for ten minutes or so, over medium to medium low heat; once the bottom layer of potatoes starts to brown (you'll be able to see the edges start to brown and curl a bit,) grab a sheet pan and some oven mitts. this is the trickiest part. use a metal spatula to carefully slide the pancake out of the pan and onto the sheet pan, then invert the pan over it and flip it back onto the heat, so the browned side is facing up and the previously uncooked side is now being cooked. cook this for another ten minutes or so, and that's it! slide it off and serve. i was trying to keep it healthy and simple, so i ate it plain (i'm a fan of simple flavors, anyway) with lots of sea salt and pepper; it would be great with goat cheese, though, and sam doused his in ketchup, so there's that.







thanks a bunch for reading, and have a fabulous week!

xo audrey

15 comments:

  1. Hope you feel better soon :)

    Also: I can't believe how much your closet floor looks like mine! ;)

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  2. I hope you feel better soon! I have also had a bad time with a head cold. Loving the polka dots!

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  3. get better soon! this recipe i wil try for sure, it looks so tasty!

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  4. Stunning outfit! You must have the most stunning wardrobe! As for the recipe! My boyfriend may propose to me if I make that recipe! Looks so delicious.

    I hope your feeling better...head colds suck!

    Girl about Town XxX

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  5. there is nothing worse than being totally knocked out by illness....it seems like forever before you're at full strength again. hope you're on the mend soon. who knew that you could actually be sore from being in bed too long!! the potato and kale dinner looks delish....a good one for us to try on our new 'meatless mondays' at home....my hubby watched forks over knives about why we should eat less meat....so we're taking this little bit on.
    xo
    n

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  6. you look great despite a bout of the flu!!! and this recipe, so making it for dinner tonight. :)

    and there's nothing wrong with going to be at 8:45.....

    xo
    alicia
    the-champagnelife.blogspot.com

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  7. i hope you get to feeling !00% asap! flu or no flu, you look amazing. and i'm adding this "kale pizza" to my to-bake list...the options are endless!

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  8. AGHHH! I'm a winner!

    That recipe looks like a winner, too. :)

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  9. YUM, that looks and sounds devine.

    I love your thrifted dress, it looks perfect with the polka dot shirt underneath xo

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  10. love the outfit and you made me really hungry!!!

    nataliya
    sewniice.blogspot.com

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  11. i love your hair & that food looks amazing!
    xx

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  12. your hair is so adorable! and i had no idea what a gallette was when i looked at this post, but now i think i must try it!
    in dramatic fashion

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  13. Love love LOVE your blog. Everything is amazing.

    New follower! :)

    - xo

    FOSSILEYES.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  14. food + style = perfect!
    Oficially my favorite blog now

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