I’m liking kale at the moment (and as a bonus it’s ridiculously nutritious and healthy) and still having a fair quantity of it further to my last vegbox delivery I decided to try a kale based main rather than sidelining it to a mere accompaniment. If you want to have a meat based main however you could have this as a side and leave out the poached egg, and even the potatoes if you like.
I like spice and so I chopped the birdseye chilli whole. If your preference is for less heat, do make sure you de-vein and seed it before chopping (and don’t forget to scrub your hands after!), or in fact just use a milder chili.
This, I think, has an excellent blend of textures and tastes, particularly with the richness of the egg yolk cutting through the ferrous kale. —Cat Wallen
1 as a main
large clove of garlic, finely sliced
almond nibs, roughly chopped
large handfuls of roughly chopped curly kale (tough stalks & centre ribs discarded)
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil then parboil the potato chunks for about 7 minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking, in a large dry frying or sauté pan (you’ll use this to sauté the potatoes later) toast the almond nibs until lightly browned then set aside.
Let the potato chunks cool slightly then slice into ½ cm slices and gently fry with a glug of olive oil over a medium heat in the frying pan until browned all over.
Meanwhile add a good splash of oil to a wok over a high heat. Throw in the garlic slices and chilli and stirfry until the garlic is softened and starting to colour (only about 10 seconds). Lower the heat then add the kale and scallions. Stir until well mixed and cook for about 8 minutes, adding a splash of water if needed to help cook the kale and stop it sticking.
Halfway through the kale’s cooking time poach an egg for about 4 minutes (I use the same water used to parboil the potatoes).
When the kale is softened and vivid green stir in the potato and almonds and a small splash each of soy and sesame oil. Stir through then turn onto a plate topped with the poached egg and dusted with a little smoked paprika.