Roasted Kale..


Eating for Ireland has finally succumbed to the lure of the almighty Kale!

I resisted for as long as I could – the memories of overly-strong Irish Winter Cabbage, boiled but still bitter; it’s scent pervading the entire house, was still fresh in my mind – but today the curiosity overcame the misgivings, and here we are  – giving Kale the roasting it was asking for all those years..

If you ever enjoyed what they coyly called ‘deep-fried seaweed’ in Asian restaurants back in the day (it was just finely shredded, deep fried greens apparently) then its grown-up, sophisticated, slightly healthier cousin might well be for you. No bitter taste, no cabbage-scented house; just crispy, salty, crunchy greens which I think taste best when eaten with your fingers.

I think that you should probably try this..

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Go on, trust me.


– someone most of you have never met;

– someone even your nosey next-door-neighbour doesn’t know;

– someone you’ve never told anyone about (I wouldn’t either, if I came across a website full of decent every-day recipes that actually worked :) )

– someone ”off the Internet”!

What’s the worst that could happen?

Try the Kale!  I won’t ask for your bank details – I promise!!


  • Depending on how many you’re feeding, one or two baking trays.
  • A large bowl – I used a large mixing bowl – it gives you plenty of room for mixing everything together.

INGREDIENTS: About 1 large leaf of Kale per person.    Roasted Kale (4)

  • Leaves of Kale, washed.
  • Sea salt ( I like Maldon Salt)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1-2 grated cloves of garlic,
  • a squeeze of lemon juice.


  • Heat the oven to 180Fan, or equivalent.
  • Put the baking tray in to heat up
  • Give the washed leaves a good shake over the sink, to remove as much water as possible.
  • Cut the thick middle spines out of each leaf.
  • Put 1-2 tablespoons of Olive Oil into the bowl.

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  • Add the Kale, and give it a really good stir, turning it over and over, until it’s all coated with the oil
  • Carefully remove the tray from the oven and put it on a heat-proof board.
  • Put the Kale pieces out, in as much of a single layer as possible.

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  • Generously sprinkle over the Salt, chopped or grated Garlic and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Roast in the oven for 8 minutes, until it’s slightly charred at the edges. Toss it around half-way through to make sure that it all gets an equal roasting.
  • If it’s not crispy enough, put it back and check every 2 minutes.
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The edges of the Kale go slightly reddish-brown when it’s roasted..


  • Interestingly, when you cut the leaves off, they come off in almost bite-sized pieces. How handy is that?
  • I like to throw in the garlic and lemon juice, but it’s entirely optional.

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  • Be warned, it’s quite easy to over-cook this. I think I almost did it yesterday – I gave the Kale 10 minutes at 200Fan, and I think that was a little too much, hence the timing and temperature in the recipe above.
  • Late note: My sister was visiting for the weekend, and between the 3 of us, we polished off a huge bunch of it!



I started writing down recipes in an old copybook when I was about 16. With 6 children at home, my Mother was always glad of a hand in the kitchen, and really allowed us to experiment - as long as we washed up afterwards, and left the kitchen immaculate! Having a tidy kitchen has followed me through my life, as has the habit of writing down my favourite recipes; except that these days I write them for my website, and add photographs when I can. The website really started when it occurred to me that my daughter might like to have these recipes when I've forgotten them. In my early days of cooking for family and friends, I used to phone my Mum all the time to ask her for the recipe for some of our favourite family dinners. She rarely had a recipe to hand - I think, like me, she made a lot of it up as she went along.. So welcome to Eating for Ireland - these are the recipes that my friends and family having been eating these past 40 years.. yes, I truly am ancient! They are tried and tested, and have worked for me for all that time - I have updated them as new ingredients became available - I really hope you'll find something that you can make into a family favourite of your own. You don't have to tell anyone where you found these great new dishes that you're serving up - it can be our little secret, but I'd really love it if you could give me a sneaky 'follow' on Facebook and Instagram.. So off you go - have a good rummage around, you're bound to find something new! My sincere thanks to all of you who have found a recipe that you liked and dropped me a line to tell me - I really do love to hear from you! Happy Cooking! Becks xx

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