A Kale Toast to St. Patrick’s Day

Lot’s of people become a little Irish on St. Patrick’s day with lots of green to go around. Growing up most of the Irishness around me was about the people; my brother – his name is Patrick, the priests and sisters in our Parish were mostly Irish. Yes I grew up Catholic so in addition to celebrating St. Patrick, there was talk about all things Irish and green, including cabbage, corned beef and Guinness. To vary from the traditional Irish menu but keeping to the traditional green, today’s Kenyan and Kale-inspired recipes are appropriate. The first is a kale smoothie that’s nutritious and sweetened with pineapple and banana to take off the bitter edge of fresh kale. The second is a healthy and tasty staple from my yonder days – sukuma wiki.


Kale Smoothie




1 cup kale

1 banana

2 cups pineapple

1/4 cup yogurt

1 cup apple juice

Puree kale and apple juice in a blender.

Then add pineapple, yogurt and banana and blend until smooth.



Sip and enjoy immediately!


Sukuma Wiki 



Sukuma Wiki means “push the week” but what is really being pushed is the budget because this dish is inexpensive and readily available. Most Kenyans either grow it in their home gardens or have easy reach to it at the market. This ubiquitous Kenyan dish is nutritious and delicious. This 5-ingredient recipe is simple and quick to make. Just be sure not to over-cook it!


4 bunches of Kale

2 tomatoes, diced

1 onion

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt to taste


Sauté the onion in olive oil

Add the tomatoes and cook for 1 minute

Add the kale and cook for 5-10 minutes

IMG_1387Serve with rice, ugali or chapati


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