This morning I felt just a tiny bit seedy.  That’s because last night I enjoyed my first alcoholic beverage (half a bottle of wine) in 3 months.  I finally completed my stint on Hello Sunday Morning, a website that helps people change their relationship with alcohol by giving them a forum to blog while they take a break from drinking.  I’ve really enjoyed my 3 months off.  Was it all roses and sunshine? – No!  But I learnt a lot about dealing with stress in other ways besides a couple of drinks at the end of the day.  And I can’t believe how much more productive I’ve been.  There has been some times when I have really missed a glass of wine when out to dinner so it’s nice to have completed the challenge.  I was very lucky because mum had invited me to dinner at one of the best restaurants in town and my boss bought me an expensive bottle of Pinot Noir to enjoy with our meal.  And it was all really delightful (except the one and half hour wait between entree and main!)

So even after only a few glasses of wine, I was feeling less than tip top today.  I started the day well with a green smoothie and then met up with my bro and his family in town for morning tea.  I felt it was my aunty responsibility to help the kids eat their hot chips – am I right?  I had a really healthy lunch and then by the afternoon all I wanted was (yes, you guessed it…) potato chips!  However I am very pleased to announce that instead of succumbing I made my own kale chips instead.  This is something I have been wanting to do for months!  You can read about my history with chips here, here and here.  Are kale chips the answer to my prayers?  No.  But they are pretty tasty.  Sort of seaweedy and salty and crunchy.  I quite liked them.  But I’d need to eat about 4 bowls of them to feel satisfied.  I reckon they will become part of the repertoire on those days when I feel strong (and not seedy).  But I still resisted a trip to the shops for potato chips.  So that’s something.  And it feels good to say – “I finally made kale chips”.  Somehow it makes me feel even more like a holistic, healthy foodie that ever before!

Kale Chips

Kale, ripped off the stem and into bite sized pieces

Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Method: Heat the oven to 180 degrees.  Place the kale on a baking tray lined with baking paper.  Lightly sprinkle with olive oil and heavily with salt!  Bake for approximately 15 minutes.  Eat them straight away.

Photo May 11, 6 11 00 PM