CAVOLO NERO CON FAGIOLI SU PANE TOSTATO or TUSCAN KALE AND BEANS ON TOASTED BREAD

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Today I’m posting a recipe in the Cookiecrumb style, I read this post and I agree with a lot of it. I don’t use recipes that much anymore because I also prefer to post original recipes here but I have decided to change this policy even though it is contrary to what I really feel because I have a few extremely good Italian cookbooks that haven’t been translated into English and it is a shame not to share these with you! So I’m going to try to post a recipe from my Italian cookbooks every week and I’ll try to choose dishes that I never done before myself. But today’s not that day, today I’m covering another aspects of Cc’s post, the non-recipe style recipe. I really have to force myself to weigh and measure when I cook something that I think could be good enough to post here, I’m getting used to it but I don’t like it. But I realize that it is useful for those who doesn’t cook in the way I do. When you read older cookbooks you rarely find measures indicated, they just tell you how to make a certain dish; this is ok when you have some knowledge about the type of cuisine you are reading about and if it is relatively modern but I would, for example, have problems to follow a Renaissance recipe because they have a completely different concept of flavours.
This recipe is really very simple and it is perfect comfort food when you need that. It’s healthy too.

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CAVOLO NERO CON FAGIOLI SU PANE TOSTATO or TUSCAN KALE AND BEANS ON TOASTED BREAD

Tuscan kale
White beans
Clove of garlic
Rustic bread
salt
Olive oil

– Boil the kale in salted water until it’s ready. Drain it of the water that you keep on the side.
– Chop the kale, I usually strip the leaf off the stalk, it gets softer this way but it isn’t necessary, and put it in a skillet with some olive oil.
– Add the cooked beans and let it braise for about15-20 minutes. Add some of the kale water now and then so that it doesn’t dry up.
– Toast the slices of bread under the grill, peel and cut the clove of garlic in half and rub it on the bread.
– Put a slice of bread on a plate and scoop up some of the kale and beans on top of it, pour a little of very good olive oil on top and eat!

Well it did turn into a sort of recipe anyway…

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