Green goodness: kelp, kale, and California cuisine
A greener future: algae for energy
Replenishing with greens on the San Juan Islands, 2010*
I just finished a meal of kelp noodles with tahini sauce from “Raw Bites,” a closet-sized vegan raw food dispensary in downtown L.A., where you can call (or text) in your order hours before lunchtime and have it delivered to an office within a few block proximity. Oh, were you still re-reading the part about kelp? Kelp, not kale**. That’s right. Another L.A. vegetable buzz word…no, not yet actually. But perhaps soon, as these crunchy white-translucenty strands taste great with almost any sauce-savory or sweet- and are low in calories, and don’t contain fat or gluten. Just calcium, iron and tons of minerals (like iodine which is great for glandular health/thyroid function.) As I was eating this delicious concoction thinking about tomorrow’s ALOUD conversation with local chefs Ludo Lefebvre and Roi Choi I was wondering where, if anywhere, in the 373-page recipe/story book LudoBites sitting before me I’d find something vegan. Ludo, you should know, is famous for his exotic and unconventional contemporary fusions that incorporate a French flare- things like cabbage-wrapped foie gras with kimchi consommé or veal with udon and sesame-seed miso. Well, I opened the book and saw:
Recipe #1: Brocamole
*Broccoli, grapeseed oil, cilantro, onion, tomato, jalapeño, limes, fleur de sel, and baked tortilla chips
How did I dare doubt? This is California, ore better yet, Los Angeles. We do things differently here which is precisely why I love this city. The story continues in my post on the Library Foundation blog. Read about the renegade chefs I’m prepped to talk shop with tomorrow.
*Algae from my aunt and uncle’s backyard. I tasted it. My uncle thought I was crazy. I think he still does.
**While I am geeking out on my green dietary notes, wanted to recommend one of Trader Joe’s newest food items: the kale chips! They’re loaded with savory spices and cashew nut butter and are absolutely delicious, if not a bit pricey at $4 a bag. You can easily do a DIY version at home for less.