Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pomelos and Massaged Kale With a Korean Twist

Two of our recent food “discoveries:”

Pomelos 

Pomelos are related to grapefruits, but they are bigger and much milder in flavor; there is none of the bitterness that grapefruits often have.  We bought a few at the Farmers’ Market the other day, and now they are our new favorite fruit! 

Pomelo
Pomelo
Pomelo

Massaged Kale with a Korean Twist

I’ve read about massaged kale for a long time now and it had been on my “list” forever, but for some reason I had never made it. And when I finally decided to make it, I didn’t follow a recipe (shocker, I know) but did what I thought I had read months ago, with a twist. I basically massaged 2 bunches of kale with the following (without measuring anything):
  • Juice of 1 Meyer Lemon
  • Olive oil (~ 2 - 3 tablespoons)
  • Honey (~ 1 teaspoon)
  • The twist: Gochujang (spicy Korean red pepper paste) ~ 1 - 2 teaspoons
  • Salt
  • Pepper
We loved it! The honey adds a nice sweetness (in hubby’s words: “It’s not bitter at all.”) and the gochujang adds some complexity and a slight spiciness. I think the honey and the gochujang work really well together.

Massaged Kale with a Korean TwistGochujang

Questions: Have you ever had a pomelo and/or massaged kale? Do you like them? What are some of your recent food “discoveries?” What’s on your “must make list?” 

Be well,
Andrea

24 comments:

  1. I actually don't know if I've had a pomelo but now I think it's time to try one!

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  2. I love kale and eat it regularly, but I'll have to find a pomelo and sample it...never had one!

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  3. I like your version of the kale recipe. I think the honey and the Red Bean Paste would give it a whole new dimension

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  4. I love kale, especially in soups. I haven't had a pomelo for a long time... thanks for reminding me about them.

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  5. So glad you made this wonderful kale salad. And my continued apologies for accidentally breaking our usual camera. Hopefully it'll get fixed soon, especially since I didn't know that that picture was of the kale salad. :)

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  6. It's been WAY too long since I've had a pomelo! I'll have to pick one up this weekend.... :)

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  7. I've never tried a pomelo or massaged kale! I love blogs for introducing me to new foods. Not sure if I'd find pomelos here in Saint John, I'd like to try them because I can't stand the tart grapefruit!

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  8. I had a pomelo once at a food tasting lab for my dietetics program and it was GOOD! I'm so glad you got to try one! I've made massaged kale before, but never with such an interesting flavor as gochujang. I'm very impressed! There are lots of new flavors at your house now! :)

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  9. i'm still meaning to try kale chips, only problem is i can't seem to find kale in Oz! (wassupwitdat??) for new food discoveries, i have a bottle of coconut water in the fridge i can't wait to try!

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  10. sounds great! i have so much of that sauce in my fridge...

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  11. I'm not a fan of grapefruit because of the bitterness but I'll have to look for pomelos! They sound delicious! The massaged kale looks good- I'll have to put it on my list :)

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  12. Those pomelos are gorgeous! I've never had Massaged Kale, would love to try for sure!

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  13. No I have never had either one! I have been SCARED to death to make massaged kale! who massages a green? hee hee.....you did it and it looks great. maybe once my kitchen is in i will be brave enough to try too. love san jose! and good for you for making the trek to the beach more often this year. i am trying to do the same :) have a great day!

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  14. I've actually tried both before. LOVE massaged kale - great twist on it!

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  15. The massaged kale looks excellent! What a great idea!
    I have never had a pomelo! It looks so delicious. I will have to hunt one down.

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  16. I've never had a pomelo. I LOVE grapefruit so I'm sure I'd love those too. I'll pick one up next time I see them!

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  17. I've never heard of pomelos...but I am willing to bet we sell them at Market District, so I should look for them. I haven't had a grapefruit in ages, and I love them, so I would like to try these.

    My most recent discovery has been turnips. I had never had one until last week when my mom made them for a dinner we had together. They are tasty!! I made "mashed turnips" instead of mashed potatoes and was surprised at how tasty they were.

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  18. I saw pomelos at my local store for the first time in my life last month! I'm so glad to see someone who knows what to do with them!
    Katherine

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  19. Pomelos are highly prized around Chinese New Year, and boy do I miss them! I have to make a long trek in order to get them and suffer a long trek hauling them back.

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  20. I tried pomelos for the first time last year. They're really good, but too similar to grapefruit to pay the price tag :( There's always massaged kale recipes on the Food Network that look DELICIOUS, just like yours. Now, I just need to make one!!

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  21. I haven't had a pomelo in so long. I should buy one this weekend.

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  22. I just found a recipe for green apple guacamole - I hope to try it out this weekend, I'll let you know how it turns out!

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  23. Massage kale? That's definitely a new one on me. I do love kale, especially lacinato. Hmm, next thing you know, my kale will want a full-blown spa day, too! ;)

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  24. I have never heard of a massage kale before, I love the sound of this recipe and couple with pomelos what a delicious treat. I am so going to try this soon.

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