I haven’t written much about health stuff lately. Not that it’s not happening, things are just status quo – which is both bad and good. Wishes my autoimmune system would get its act together and stop attempting to self-destruct, but grateful for good doctors (and cortisone!)

Yesterday I had a definite “this so would only happen to me” moment featuring, of all things… kale. I just started getting a CSA box from a local farm co-op (which I totally love!). It has been featuring lots and lots of kale. I like raw kale in salads, but have sort of failed miserably in actually cooking this stuff. Looking up recipes, I found about a zillion out there for “kale chips” and decided to try it out. Made them on Tuesday night, and they were pretty decent – probably could have been a bit crispier, but okay overall. Stored them for lunch the next day (bad move #1: do not put kale chips in baggie. They get rather soggy).

By lunchtime yesterday, I was faced with something in between kale chips and kale salad. Not horrible, but not horribly appetizing. But because I work in that rare library without a library cafe (probably best for my budget, though!), it was all I had to eat.

So mindlessly eating my kale when it happens: it gets stuck between my teeth. Stuck hard. And do I have floss with me at work? Of course not! (note to self: buy floss). Luckily for me, it was stuck in the side of my teeth which at least wasn’t embarrassing, but it sure was painful!

Got home and got to work on extricating said kale from my teeth. Easier said when done when your mouth is so small that even your dentist remarks on how hard it is to floss. Between my electric toothbrush, flossing attempts and even (at the desperate end) resorting to my fingers, kale was extricated with a tremendous amount of pain and one chapped/sore mouth from all that flossing!

Not exactly the way I was intending to spend my afternoon after work… but that is the story of my kale!fail. Needless to say, I may put it on my exceptions list for the time being!



  1. Tanya says:

    OW… stuff stuck in the teeth hurts!

    I haven’t actually tried making kale chips… Our CSA starts again in a couple of weeks and we too will be eating a lot of salad. When it got to be too much last year, we chopped up the kale and froze it to add to smoothies. It only changes the flavor of a berry smoothie just a little, but I get the nutrients from the kale.


  2. Hannah says:

    First of all, your libraries have cafés out there? Cool! But ouch! That does not sound like fun! I’ve been wanting to try making kale chips for a while, but maybe I’ll just stick with putting it in my green smoothies!


    1. Natalie says:

      Yes, a lot of our libraries are making themselves “community centers” – complete with cafés, meeting rooms, etc…

      Do you have a good smoothie recipe? Googling turns up way too many to weed through. Just thinking ahead for my next delivery!


      1. Hannah says:

        I don’t use any particular recipe, but they usually include kale or spinach, 1/2 banana, 1/2 green apple, some cucumber and/or celery and organic coconut or pineapple juice. I’ll sometimes add some ice or frozen fruit too. You can’t really go wrong; I would just say don’t leave the banana out because it tends to separate without it. 🙂


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