It all starts with good tools.
When I go in my husbands garage, I see all the tools a man needs.
Sometimes I even get a bit jealous, because he gets what he needs and I am too cheap to spend money on good tools.
I remember one Christmas, my daughter Laura’s then boyfriend, now son-in-law, looked at my knifes with disgust and disbelief.
“Here is a serious cook and she works with this?”
That was the question, that went through his head, it must have, because I got the most amazing knife as a gift soon there after.
Wow, what a treat, chopping, slicing and all the in between was so much easier.
Well, off I went to buy another one and I am happy I did.
This is a knife I got from the store” From the Kitchen to the Table”.
The lovely people from Zwilling, the manufacturer, want me to try it out and what a great tool this is.
So with this wonderful knife on hand, I made this lovely dinner last night.
For instance to chop the kale, it took maybe 30 seconds ( however, watch your fingers )
1/2 stalk of leek, finely sliced
1 small butternut squash, cubed
1 head of kale, chopped
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 cup of cilantro, finely chopped
2 tablespoons of red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
salt to taste
4 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil
Heat the oil in a pan and add the leek
then add the squash
And now add the red pepper flakes and the turmeric, stir well, so that the spices get warm and fragrant. Keep on roasting until the squash is getting soft, about 5-7 minutes and then add the kale.
Keep on roasting until the kale gets almost a bit crunchy , about 3 minutes and then add the chickpeas.
Again, roast for another 5 minutes or until the pasta, I used linguine is cooked…
Now add the garlic and the cilantro to the vegetables and serve over the pasta…you add the salt now…
This was a really good, healthy and fast dinner, vegan, too and even my husband liked it…and he is a picky eater.
And as said, work is made easier with the right tools, so don’t be too cheap, get a good chef’s knife, a pairing knife and maybe a bread knife and you are in so much better shape.