Monochromatic Monday :: Winter Kale

Winter Kale Inspiration | Camille Styles

Morning darlings… has everyone’s week gotten off to a good start? We had a fun weekend with lots of stops at some of my favorites around town. I’d planned to stay in and cook lots of cozy, healthy meals, but it turned out to be too pretty and sunny outside for that! Friday night was drinks that turned into dinner at Drink.Well (remember when we did our mixology class there?) Saturday was lunch at a great new spot in town, Epicerie, that serves French-Louisiana cuisine and means that I’ve finally found a spot in Austin that sells Blue Bottle beans (hooray!). Then we capped it off by heading to Elizabeth Street Café with Bri & Angela (in town from LA) for pho & banh mi and met up with some of my fave ladies Ana, Chelsea and Kerri. Oh, and who watched Downton last night??! It was a great weekend indeed, and I’m excited for a happy, healthy week ahead with lots on the agenda. Which brings us to today’s board. This month is all about fresh beginnings and clean eating, and while I wouldn’t necessarily plan an entire party around such an ascetic concept, winter kale is the perfect symbol for the type of farm-to-table dinner party I’d love to host this month. Kale has become such a staple on every menu, and I think that a lot of people who may have once shied away from it are becoming converts. It’s all in the way you prepare it – Sarah provides a great tutorial on how to massage kale (seriously) so that it loses its bitterness and becomes much more delicious in its raw state; I like to sauté mine with golden raisins, red pepper flakes and pine nuts. Do y’all have any favorite ways to consume this power food? Please share in the comments… especially since I happen to need some lunch ideas this week!

*images: {row 1} chris craymer via dustjacket attic, via here via kathryn’s pinterest, a well traveled woman {row 2} photo by Jeremy Harwell & styling by ginny branch stelling via 100 layer cake, ulrika ekblom {row 3} a well traveled woman, the art of food, leo patrone for kinfolk {row 4} luminous photography, this homemade life, tim walker photographyjeremy harwell.

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16 Responses to “Monochromatic Monday :: Winter Kale”

  1. classiq

    That sounds like a wonderful, eventful weekend. Have a great week, Camille! xo
    Ada

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  2. Jillian

    absolutely love this color palette

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  3. Annabelle

    Wow, all that gorgeous green is a feast for the eyes after spending the last week looking at the snow and the cement!

    I usually do a saute of Tuscan kale with some garlic and white beans; in fact, I might have to pick some up…

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    • Camille Styles

      Yum, that sounds good… and with the white beans (& maybe some crusty bread), you could totally make it a light meal!

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  4. em_dash512

    beautiful collage! will look into massaging my kale.
    Central Market now has pre-washed boxes of baby kale that are great for an easy healthy salad or sauteed side dish. They’re pretty soft, too.

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    • Camille Styles

      I absolutely LOVED that prewashed kale, but suddenly I haven’t been able to find it there any more! Wish CM would bring it back… so incredibly convenient!

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      • em_dash512

        Really? There was tons of it at the HEB on Congress and Oltorf just the other day!

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  5. Lotoya Vongrechin

    One of my favorite vegetables. One of the easiest greens to cook. I think I will have some tonight. So excited Monochromatic Mondays are back.

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    • Camille Styles

      Aww, thanks Lotoya! It means a lot to know that you missed them! xo

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  6. debra@dustjacket

    Oh this collage makes me want to start up a garden…so gorgeous!
    xxx
    ps love that shot of all the legs sticking up out of the truck..so funny!

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  7. Heidi

    What a fun weekend you had. I love hearing all about your Austin favorites as it has been so helpful for me being a newbie in town. My husband and I went to Uchi the other Friday night. OMG!!! Besides eating at Nob Hill Cafe in San Francisco I have never had a better meal. I def want to try out Elizabeth Street Cafe and Epicerie.

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    • Camille Styles

      Oh I’m so glad, Heidi! Isn’t Uchi amazing? I have to say, I think it gives even the best LA & NYC sushi restaurants a total run for their money. I’ve never been to Nob Hill Cafe… will definitely have to give it a shot when I’m in San Francisco next!

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  8. Clare

    Spectacular inspiration board. Need to head out to the garden for some greens!

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  9. kerry surface

    kale salad is 1 of my all time favorites. a great way to make it is kale (massaged) sauerkraut,
    pumpkins seeds, red onion,dulse flakes, avocado and sesame ginger dressing. it’s also great with just a evoo, vinegar, dijon mustard dressing. i’ve served this to folks that say they don’t like kale, and they loved it. hope you try it!!!!! love the mood board.

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