On Monday night, I made what I considered to be a delicious and nutritious dinner – massaged kale salad, purple potato mash, and grilled tofu.

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I was super excited because this was my first time cooking with purple potatoes and making a kale salad. 

After a quick taste test, I literally said, “Yum..this is so good.”  When we were ready to eat, I loaded two plates with a little bit of everything, took a quick picture, and dug right in.

After a few minutes of silent eating, I looked over at Vishnu and asked what he thought.  He said it was good.  His response was less than enthusiastic.  I honestly didn’t care because I loved everything, and I was proud of myself whipping it all up in about 30 minutes.  A few minutes later I glanced over at Vishnu again.  This time I noticed he was eating everything but the kale.  That’s when the truth came out.

Me: What’s wrong?
Vishnu: Nothing.  It’s fine.
Me: You don’t like the kale, do you?
Vishnu: It’s like…not cooked.
Me: I know.  It’s a massaged raw kale salad.  So good!
Vishnu: Yeah, I don’t like it.

Honestly, this wasn’t the first time Vishnu disliked something I made.  I’m just glad he (eventually) tells me!

You win some, you lose some!

Apparently, he wasn’t the only one who was unimpressed with my kale salad. 

I emailed the picture of our dinner to my parents, and even my mom had a few comments… 

Mom: Palu, what is all that green stuff? <– Palu is my family nickname by the way
Me: Oh that’s a kale salad.
Mom: Kale?
Me: It’s a superfood, mom…kind of like spinach.
Mom: Parita, it looks like the stuff cows eat in India.
Both me and my mom (and dad in the background): HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

My mom’s got jokes! 

When I told Vishnu about the conversation with my mom, he gave me a look that said, “See, I told you so.”  I responded with, “More for me at lunch tomorrow!”

Oh well, like I said…you win some, you lose some.  

P.S. For anyone that cares, I used this recipe for the kale and this one for the potatoes.  Personally, I loved both (if that means anything)!

By Parita

25 thoughts on “You Win Some, You Lose Some”
  1. Hahah this is too funny! I love that Vishnu started off with trying to be diplomatic! If you have remaining kale, try making kale chips for him- those are hard not to like…and between you and me, it’s the only form of kale I like. Otherwise kale really does taste like the stuff cows eat 😉

  2. OMGG So funny!!! I know how you feel, though! I use REB as my official taste tester. When he doesn’t make a comment, but eats the food I know it was satisfactory. When he says “Damn, this is good.” I know it’s a keeper, and when he doesn’t ever stop talking about it, or requests I make something he really liked, I know it’s a real winner. It’s the little things 😉
    Your mom cracks me up. That’s how my mom is. I asked her for her mattar paneer recipe and she started by saying, “Boil 6 cups of milk and then add some lemon juice to separate them. Separate the whey and the liquid…” and then I cut her off and asked her what this was for and she said, “To make the paneer. Appu (her nickname for me), you DO make your own paneer, don’t you?” LOL.

    1. I know EXACTLY what you mean, except Vishnu doesn’t need to say a word…his facial expressions say it all!

      And I love your story!! I think our moms would be best buds!

  3. Hahaha that’s so funny. Your mom is adorable.
    I like kale, but I don’t like the stems. I bet I would have liked your version though 🙂

  4. Lol so funny. I too made Kale chips the other day and both my mom and my hubby disliked it saying it tastes yuck, but i loved it and ate all by myself.. 🙂

    1. Kale is definitely something you have to cook with a couple of times before getting the hang out it – just because it has a very unique (and strong) flavor. But trust me, it’s worth. I would start with kale chips if I were you!

  5. I have not tried it raw as a salad but I have been sneaking it in everything- kale lasagna, soups, tofu scrable wraps! My boyfriend hasnt said much besides – is this a new spinach? I am glad though Vishnu was open about his feelings and thats totally fine – more food for ya 😛 I would happily gobble that plate!

  6. LOL – Evs does that to me all the time. I make something with my “healthy shit” as he likes to call it and the results can be varied. His best response – “It’s…interesting”. LOL. There was most notably the incident of making a chocolate tofu mousse. Gah.

    As you said – the more for me then!

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