Launch party & Kale chips

Last night we celebrated all of the hard work Rob and I had put into Issue 2 of BEVERLEY which came out earlier this week. I’m still amazed that we have managed to do it all, from our own home, just the two of us. I’m really proud. It’s good to feel like that.We had a small group of friends over for a celebratory dinner – some friends who helped us with stories and of course my beautiful friend Neighbour. We drank some champagne, we ate some pork belly, and lots of cheese and nattered for many, many hours. It was the perfect celebration for BEVERLEY – entertaining at home with simple, good, home cooked food with great friends.

You know what I made to have with drinks? Kale chips! I know! I have heard plenty about these but had yet to join to band wagon. I’ve not had much to do with Kale, but I think we are going to be very good friends. You should totally make these – Rob and the girls ADORED them. Fancy that!
Kale Chips
Bunch of kale – leaves torn off and ripped into smaller pieces
Olive oil
Sea salt
: Rip the leaves from the stalks and tear into pieces
: Drizzle some olive oil and sea salt into a bowl and throw the kale in and toss about until covered
: Lay onto a baking tray and whack into 150 degree oven for 20 mins, turning half way

They were crispy, salty and a million times better than a chip. Delicious! The fact that the girls and Rob couldn’t get enough of kale was bewildering to me.

I stayed up too late though – didn’t get to bed until 1.30am! Do you like to clean everything up after a dinner party? I do. I find that with a few wines under your belt you can get it done without too much trouble!

Have you had kale chips?
What else do you do with kale? Smoothies and the like?
Got any good plans for the weekend?

Thank you for all your support and great feedback about BEVERLEY – perhaps if you haven’t had a look yet you could have a read of it in this dreary, cold weather? It’s got that pork belly recipe in it too…all for the price of a take away coffee!


  1. Kale is really easy to grow – we grew it from seed last winter in Perth, with hardly any rain. You can use it pretty much like cabbage – it’s really good braised with onions and sliced green apple.

  2. I’m going to make some kale chips this weekend! My husband and I always clean up together after we’ve had people over, no matter how late it is. It’s a good chance for us to workshop and its lovely waking up to a sparkling house!

  3. Good on you Bev … walking the talk!

  4. Congrats honey! x

  5. I am loving kale…I made butternut squash and kale quesadillas this week that were fairly amazing if I do say so myself!

    Congratulations again on Issue 2…and it looks like Beverley would have been very proud of that celebratory dinner!

  6. I too can vouch for Kale chips, I’ve never made them but now that I have your recipe I will do. Kale is a really good substitute for Chinese greens and works well stir fried with oyster sauce, garlic and chilli. Its so green its got to be good for you.

  7. Kale is the best. I make chips, pesto and put into bread dough or damper. Oh and sautee it in butter and garlic

  8. Hanging out for baby bedtime, my Friday wine and the newest Beverley! We always clean up afterwards together – I’ve even been known to get the mop off. I generally finish the wine that way! But I’m so stealing ‘workshop’, what a great term of phrase.

  9. Get yourself some Colcannon girl! Mashed potato with kale swirled through, make a well in the top and put a big dollop of butter in the middle to dip the loaded fork of Colcannon in. Delicious (and you will have to run for 100 years to rid yourself of the calories afterwards). Best teamed with pork sausages and washed down with a lovely ale of your choice! You can thank my Irish husband for that little delight πŸ˜‰

  10. To spice up the kale chips add some fresh grated parmesan and 1 tsp chilli flakes before baking. Delish!

  11. I’ve only ever used Kale in my morning ‘green’ smoothie. Am inspired to use it more often now. Have been meaning to make the Kale Chips for sometime, and now you’ve motivated me to give em’ a go πŸ™‚

    Ok, I’m seriously jealous about you {and some of your comments} having Hubby help with the clean up after a dinner party!!! I like to do it all afterwards, so I’m not waking up to it the next morning. BUT….I can NEVER recall a time when my Hubby helped πŸ™ Not cool!!! πŸ™‚

    And congrats on another great issue of Beverly. AWESOMENESS!

  12. We grow kale and love it – I use it instead of spinach for a bit more texture. Yummy!

  13. Is kale similar to silver beet perhaps? It sounds great and anti-inflammatory to boot!! Must try growing some as ANB says it grows easily in Perth where we are. Congrats on another issue. You are truly amazing. x

  14. I tried the crispy kale thing out on the family recently too…doused with tamari and olive oil and mixed with big coconut flakes…hubby was all over it like a rash. Bewildering, yes. Congratulations on issue 2 of Beverley! xx

  15. Would someone PLEASE tell me what Kale is. Every time I look up ‘how to be a skinny laaaady’, it says EAT KALE. Is it cabbage? Can I buy it at Woolworths? IS IT TASTY?

    • Very funny Denica! I believe it’s part of the cabbage family. It looks very leafy and green and I suspect you CAN get it from Woollies. Next time you are there, ask someone to show you. These chips are VERY good. We had them again last night. The girls DEMOLISH them. Kale! Who knew?!


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