In the beginning of my diet phase, we decided to experiment with kale. Neither of us knew the proper way to cook kale so we began by trail and error. I originally saw kale as a harder version of spinach so I made it in a similar manner, except it was harder so I steamed it. It was always boring and lacked some flavour. We used to make a braised broccoli with bacon and garlic a lot. While making the broccoli one day, I was thinking…what if we added bacon to the kale? So instead of just steaming the kale then putting it into a pan with some olive oil and seasonings, we decided to cook it with the bacon and the bacon’s fat. It came out delicious and we’ve decided that it was a definite keeper from that point on. This recipe has become our go to recipe for many dishes. It is a perfect side dish for meats like beef or lamb.
For those who aren’t familiar, I’m a huge fan of Glorious Garlic. While visiting family in the Bay area during the Fourth of July week of 2014, we were told to go to Monterey, California. Our original goal was to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium but we ended up discovering the Pacific Grove. Here are a few pictures from our visit.
Once we finished photographing the Pacific Grove, we decided to go towards Historical Cannery Row, near where the aquarium is located. When we arrived there, we realised our time was limited because we wanted to get back to San Francisco for the fireworks. There wasn’t an adequate amount of time for the aquarium so we opted to go for wine tasting instead. On our way to do wine tasting, we found a store called For Garlic Lovers. We decided to pick up many items since we were garlic lovers ourselves. Among these items was a spice called Glorious Garlic. It has become an instrumental part of my cooking since this day. I love almost everything they have though. It is such a cute little store. We continue to order from them time and time again. I contribute the amazing taste of many of the foods that I cook to their amazing combination of garlic, chives and parsley, which make up Glorious Garlic. If you’re ever in the area, give it a try!