Friday, June 24, 2011

Wilted Kale Salad with a Creamy Chipotle Dressing



Chipotle peppers are jalapeno that have been smoked, and so are not raw. However, I love to use them as they have such a great taste and you don’t need to use many! I have provided an alternative combination of ingredients in the recipe as a substitute to using jalapenos that will give a similarly distinctive taste.

This is a real hearty meal with a kick that’s perfect for those cold winter days!

Wilted Kale Salad with a Creamy Chipotle Dressing

Serves 2 – 4

For the wilted kale

2 heads kale (this will seem like a lot but will wilt down when the salt is added)
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup baby tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds

For the dressing

2 avocados
1 chipotle pepper*
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon agave
1/4 cup lemon juice
Chipotle soak water as needed to blend

*If not using chipotle peppers, substitute with 1/2 teaspoon each of onion powder, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and tamari/nama shoyu.

- Remove the stems and then wash and cut the kale into small pieces. Place into a bowl, add salt and start to massage the kale until it wilts and takes on a ‘cooked’ texture.

- Add the tomatoes and hemp seeds to the bowl and mix in by hand.

- Blend all remaining ingredients in a high-speed blender until creamy and mix into kale by hand.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Karen's Taste-Bud Tantalizing Salad Dressing


Simply take each of the following ingredients, place into a salad dressing shaker or jam jar with lid, and shake well until fully mixed:

Base: Approx. 1 cup of olive oil + 1/2 cup of pure water (the water makes it less oily and gummy)

Sweet: Honey OR Agave nectar (about 1 Tablespoon)

Sour: 2-3 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

Salty: A liberal shaking of a natural flavoured salt like Herbamare

Bitter: The juice of half a lemon

Pungent: Crushed garlic if you haven't used a spicy salt (above)

TOP TIP: Make more than you need as this will last well in a fridge for at least a week - and you'll be glad you did!

The type initializer for ‘System.Net.DNS’ threw an exception.

This error has come up and may be related to a known issue with Microsoft .NET 1.1.  If there are more than 50 bound protocols across all network adapters, this and other socket-related exceptions appear.

BUG: You receive a "The operation has timed-out" error message when you access a Web service or when you use the IPAddress class

On the above page is a link to a program called enum.exe that will list the bound protocols.  If the list is more than 50 long, you can either try to reduce the number of bound protocols or install a hotfix from Microsoft.  Unfortunately, this hotfix must be requested from Microsoft Support Services; there is no public download link.
Link to enum.exe program to list installed protocols.

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