Listen to The Witch!


In my pantry today:

  • 5-6 c mixed greens (collards, turnip, mustard, kale)
  • 7 oz kielbasa, diced
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2 c chicken/bone broth
  • 1/4 c minced garlic
  • 1/3 c minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • dash asafoetida
  • salt to taste

Not only did I have a taste for greens this week, having that craving deposited in my peripheral conscious a continual loop of the Witch’s “Beans Rap” from Into the Woods:

My wife was recently The Witch in a production of Into the Woods, and is the reason I have been so sorely Sondheimed.

Greens, greens, and nothing but greens:
Parsley, peppers, cabbages and celery,
Asparagus and watercress and
Fiddleferns and lettuce–!

Luckily, this is an easy craving to fix. Start with your sausage (or preferred meat) in a cold stock pot heating to M. You can cut this up however you like to have it go into your mouth; I cut mine into 1/2″ chunks.

As the pan and its contents heat, scrape the pan periodically to keep the brown flavors free. Once the outsides of your [chunks, bits, balls, or logs] are brown, remove into a bowl and set aside. Making sure you’ve locked in some of the flavor and texture  here is key — you want what’s in there to keep seeping flavor once it goes back into the pot.

Untitled-2Turn heat to ML and add your oil, garlic, and onions. Add turmeric as they begin to succumb to the heat, then Paprika to cheer everyone back up.

Start folding in your greens so that everything gets coated in oil. If it’s a messy prospect, start adding your broth slowly to even the playing field. Turn heat back up to M, make sure all the broth is in there then cover the pot.

mealAfter 5 minutes, check and stir. Repeat this process until everything is wilted but remains green. Add sausage back, stir in asafoetida, reduce heat to L and walk away. The longer it cooks, the more flavorful it gets. It was great yesterday, and even better as lunch this afternoon. Serve with rice if’n you need something to sop up the broth.

What I did wrong:

  • Kielbasa is straight up processed food and I could’ve chosen better which animals to invite to this party.

What I did right:

  • Greens!
  • Remembered the fart powder this time (asafoetida: the friend of every married couple at bedtime)

I’d be remiss not to close with this stunning photo of my beautiful wife as the sinister witch. You’re welcome honey!


Photo by Kara DeFelice Pound

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