Barkis makes brussel sprouts that are beyond belief. I am not exactly sure how he does it but it involves shredding or quartering the sprouts, boiling them and then I imagine he fries them in a little olive oil before dousing them in balsamic vinegar and serving them at room temperature with some freshly milled black pepper. He serves them as an appetizer but I can make a meal of them.
When it comes to leafy green vegetables of which doctors are so fond, I am more keen on those of the cabbage persuasion than anything that smacks of salad. I was therefore thrilled to bump into Christine Fabrizio of Sunfire Girls, a small purveyor of energy food this week.
Christine and her business partner dehydrate kale and flavor it with salt, or chili and coconut and lime to make a snack they call Sun-Kissed Kale. These crunchy crisps have the texture of dry dulse mixed with Corn Chip. They are the snack of my dreams. You can read all about them in this post from the Veracious Vegan ( I know, it would be better if she were Voracious but I suppose that is not a quality of Vegans). At the moment, these kale chips are available in only one branch of Whole Foods which, luckily for me, is in Washington DC. They cost about $7.50 which is a lot for a snack, but I promise you it’s worth it.
Hopsuz is skeptical about surefire financial success for Sunfire. I caught her on the phone this morning as she was making her own roasted kale, which is what passes for bar food at a smart Hartford CT Superbowl party. Kale roasting is much like spinach steaming—you start with a lot and end up with very little she says and she fears the sun-kissed method may be equally high maintenance. Hopsuz hates to see assets shrink but she does agree that people will pay for cabbage greens that come on like Pringles or Tositos . We both agreed that if they can crack a low sodium version (for the moment, select the Coconut and Lime flavor which is the lowest in salt), the Sunfire girls can jack the price up to $10 a punnet and we and all the other Whole Foods shoppers will line up to pay.