Grilled Curly Kale Tails and Radicchio with Cauliflower and Kabocha Coulis

WP_20141112_004[1] WP_20141111_035[1]What a splendid lunch this made. I was actually very happy that, apart from being the standard signature late that I am, it all went rather marvelous! I loved wearing my new skirt and wrapping my apron around it to rustle up this tasty number just for you, so much so that I just had to write about it 🙂

I have always rushed my whole life and food had never been a priority until I discovered its true importance…ummm we kinda need it to live 😉
I believe that sitting down for a meal and savouring each mouthful slowly chewing the food thoroughly is a righteous way to eat and respect our consumption as well as it being a healthy and beneficial way for our digestive system.
Expressing gratitude and thinking about the origin of the food we are eating (where it comes from, how its grown, how it is cared for, how ecologically friendly its transportation method was to get to you and how delicately it was prepared and cooked before it reaches your plate) is an important part of the process of consumption and it would do all well to think more about these elements truly bringing respect for ones self and caring for the world.

I instantly fell in love with radicchio the moment I realised just how divinely delicious it is! Yum! Mmm so good! It is an acquired and bold taste that many just don’t understand, nevertheless I had to follow my heart and bring a creative dish with this eye-catching handsome veg!

Radicchio is not as common as the other ingredients used. It is however one of the healthiest. It is packed full of antioxidants that help protect the eyes and is a great source of dietary fibre. It is rich in minerals, zinc, magnesium, maganese, copper, iron and potassium. It also contains various B Vitamins and is an excellent source of Vitamin K.

The first time I tried radicchio and before I knew what coulis was, I created this simple Radicchio recipe from what we had in the house and this inspired me to get a little more inventive for Wednesdays lunch!
I just adored the way the squash tasted with the rosey red beauty and had to get hold of my creative flare for a nostalgic revamp!

If you would love to get your cooking jig on and try this wonderful recipe of mine please let me know how it goes and here is how to make it:

You will need:
All ingredients organically produced and washed before use.

~ 1 head fresh Radicchio
~ 100g Curly Kale
~ 1/4 large Cauliflower
~ 1/4 Kabocha Squash
~ 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
~ pinch of salt
~ 1 ounce Water


I made the coulis the night before to make sure I was organised.

Cut, skin and dice the squash and chop up the cauliflower.
Add about an inch of water to a pan, bring it to the boil and add the prepared vegetables. Reduce the heat, cover the pan and let it gently simmer for approximately 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat and leave it to cool.

Chop the curly kale into tails and in another pan add the water as before then add the kale leaving it for 10 minutes on a low simmer.

Remove the outer leaves of the radicchio and discard the very top if it is bruised or wilted along with the very bottom of the stalk. Slice it in half then half again and place in the grill, turning until it browns on both sides.
Once the kale has cooked add it to the grill to crisp up.

When the squash and cauliflower has cooled, drain it off and using a power blender, blend well for 2 minutes adding the salt, balsamic vinegar and water.

Once the radicchio has browned and the kale tails have crisped, slice the radicchio and after adding it to the plate top it with the kale.

To reheat the coulis, remove from the blender and add it to a pan and on a gentle heat, stir until it is heated right through.

Scoop out the coulis over the top of the radicchio and kale and serve with love!

Organic Sweet Squash Radicchio Recipe

This, being the first time I ever tried the wonderful veg that is Radicchio, I was filled with excitement of discovering a new and, as promised, tasty dish.
The farm I buy my organic produce from is simply divine and gives out recipes with each box you purchase.
I have major intolerances to certain foods, garlic (really…did it really have to be garlic?!) and sugar being two of the most irritating, therefore the recipe gifted along with the Radicchio was out of the question. Nevertheless I was not about to give up there; this magical veg was going to be enjoyed!
The sauce in the Farm recipe was rather a sweet one to say the least and I decided to stick to that theme when adapting this dish to my own requirements, simplifying it majorly using ‘safe’ ingredients that I had available.
In fact I didn’t even use one ingredient listed and just yielded the inspiration to get creative!
My boys were having Crown Prince Squash Cake for dinner (which again I cannot consume due to nearly all the ingredients, bar the tatties and squash, setting my stomach off in agony), I adore squash too and that’s when I decided to join it with the radicchio. I am so glad I did this, it was amazingly delicious and the ingredients complimented each other beautifully, sitting perfectly together.

To create your own version of my recipe you will require:

1/2 head of Organic Radicchio
1/4 Organic Crown Prince Squash
2 tablespoons Organic Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

The method:

1) Bring a pan of water to the boil.
2) Section the squash and remove the skin. The skin is quite a tough one so I recommend cutting it away with a sharp knife rather than trying to peel it. Dice the whole quarter and place it in the water. Cover the pan and reduce the heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
3) Cut a fresh radicchio in half and then section it into quater slices, length wise.
4) Turn on the grill and cook until both sides of radicchio have browned.
5) Remove the squash from the pan and mash or blend until puréed.
6) Measure out the balsamic vinegar and salt, add it to the squash and purée a little more until it is as smooth as it can be.
7) Plate up the radicchio and top it with the sweet squash.

There you have an absolutely mouth watering plate of food that is quick and simple to make and a joy to devour.