K for Kale #AtoZChallenge


Hi, Kevin here.  We’re into the second week of the A to Z Challenge, and in case you’re just visiting, I’m a six year old ginger and white guinea pig.  This blog was started by Fred and George, Mummy’s very first guinea pigs.  She writes books about them too.

Our A to Z Challenge theme is “Our Favourite Things”

kK is for Kale

We love kale.  It’s one of the plants in the cabbage family, but it’s much nicer than cabbage.  We like it better than broccoli and cauliflower, too. And pak choi is okay, but I wouldn’t say we like it.  Mummy grows a variety called Cavolo Nero or something like that, in the garden.  It grows all through winter so we can have some fresh leaves even then.  We don’t get many things from the garden in winter.  Kale, celeriac leaves, maybe chard or strawberry leaves, if we’re lucky. Kale’s delicious.


Winter broccoli and kale
Winter broccoli and kale

It has to be sown in the spring, so we watch it grow when we’re out in our runs during the summer.  The stalks get too hard to eat, so we ignore them.  Grass is much nicer – in summer.

Kevin and Victor
Kevin and Victor

Tomorrow it’s letter L.

PS.  Mummy has a recipe for linguine with kale pesto (I don’t know what that is).  She says she’ll put it in the comments if anybody wants it.


Busy week!

We had a busy week. Not just eating hay, sleeping, eating grass, chasing round, sleeping, eating pellets, sleeping, cuddling and eating our breakfast leaves and carrots and stuff.  No, we had visitors and photocalls, too.

Tuesday was sunny, so Mummy took Percy outside to have his picture taken with some daffodils.  He’d never been outside before and he thought it was wonderful – if a bit cold.  He said Mummy tucked him in her blue fleecy jacket so he kept warm between shots.  Then he came back in and Oscar went out to have his photo taken, too.

Then Wednesday afternoon it was all wet and horrid, and Mummy came back early from golf in time to see Auntie Shirley and Uncle Barry.  Usually we have to go to see them to have our teeth done.  And since they weren’t looking at our teeth, I didn’t mind giving Auntie Shirley a cuddle.  And Midge cuddled Uncle Barry.

Thursday was nice and Mummy spent a lot of time in the gardening.  We had some kale afterwards, and some sprouting broccoli leaves and stalk on Friday.  Saturday and Sunday were rather quiet after all that excitement.  I was so tired, I went to sleep.  I’m sure you can’t believe that!

K is for Kale

Mmm, kale.  Mummy grows kale all through the year.  She mainly grows the nice black, well dark green, dragon kale .  It’s called Cavalo Nero in Italian.  It’s very tasty.  We get baby leaves from time to time in the summer, then we get the long leaves in the winter once or twice a week.  It’s about the only thing we get fresh from the garden when it’s really cold out there.  It grows above the snowline.  Because it’s tall. Continue reading “K is for Kale”