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Sesame Kale

Two to four servings, depending on appetite and level of kale passion

1 bunch of organic kale, stems removed and coarsely chopped
1 to 4 cloves of garlic, minced; adjust according to your taste and social life
1 tbsp. olive oil
1⁄4 cup water
roasted sesame oil
ume plum vinegar

Heat olive oil in a heavy pan. Sauté garlic for 20 to 30 seconds, stir- ring. Mix in chopped kale. Add water and cover. Steam on low for 5 to 10 minutes, until desired tenderness. Spread on platter. Sprinkle with roasted sesame oil and ume plum vinegar to taste.

Compliments for this recipe go to Strider Hammer, produce manager at Just Food Co-op, who inspired it when he said to me during an early morning produce delivery, “You could eat gravel with roasted sesame oil on it.”