FERN, The Kitchen Plant

Blog world… meet Fern. Fern the fern lives in my kitchen. We had a rough start, me and Fern. She was a special gift for my 30th Birthday. I instantly loved her soft delicate leaves and wispy ways, but after months of trying every window in the house and every amount of water, Fern was down to a mere fern twig. As a last ditch effort, I asked a mildly friendly plant woman at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market how she handles her ferns. Not using any extra adjectives or emotion, she said rain water, plant food and don’t water the leaves. All I needed. So, I started that regime, and alas, Fern is alive and well. Seriously, she came back immediately and with a vengeance. My reason for sharing is this… if Fern the fern can do a 180 with the right kind of food and water, don’t you think people are the same?

With that in mind, I have a super healthy Raw Kale Salad recipe for you. It’s not actually raw in the “Raw Foodist” sense because I toasted the macadamia nuts, but if you want 100% raw, just skip the toasting, no problem.

In honor of Fern the fern and the unexpectedly helpful lady at the Farmer’s market…

Click HERE for the Sorta Raw Kale Salad recipe…

xo – Organic Spark


  • celeste kellerhouse

    HA! Your post is so cute and delicious!

    April 30, 2009
  • Anonymous

    I love that you and Fern have that special bond. Its all the TLC that you gave her that made her who she is today:) Go ahead Molly! You are the bees knees.

    May 1, 2009
  • The Healthy Mom

    Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier! I love yours — I’ve added it to my recommended blogs list.

    May 5, 2009
  • Molly Chester

    Hi All! Thanks Celeste. I have been loving your blog too! (Everyone check out – http://mealsathome.blogspot.com)

    I KNOW I know someone who says “bees knees” but I can’t think of who that is Anonymous, but THANKS!

    And Healthy Mom – Thanks so much for coming by at checking it out. Stay in touch!

    May 9, 2009
  • Anonymous

    looks wonderful! BTW, there’s a typo– you’ve got “chiffanade” for “chiffonade.”

    sorry, language geek here.

    May 10, 2009
  • Molly Chester

    Thanks so much Anonymous for the “chiffonade” tip! I actually even googled that… must have found the spelling on someone’s site who also mis-spelled it! :) I updated it with the new spelling. Thanks for stopping by!


    May 10, 2009
  • tastestopping

    There's nothing I like more than a good story to go along with a good recipe. Fern should be an inspiration to us all! :) Seriously, though, I'm surprised that I've never thought to eat kale raw. Usually it stars in our soups, but quickly loses that brilliant green, earthy sense about it. I look forward to trying this. (We can all use much more kale in our diets, no?)

    Anyway, I found you on TasteSpotting and am writing to say that if you have any photos that aren’t accepted there, I’d love to publish them. Visit my new site (below), it’s a lot of fun! I hope you will consider it.


    July 10, 2009
  • I Heart Kale


    July 10, 2009
  • Molly Chester

    Thanks "I Heart Kale" for coming by! Sounds like this post was made for you! :)

    July 11, 2009
  • Molly Chester

    Hi Casey,

    Thanks for coming by! I will check out your site. I am sure the site will be wonderful b/c food photography is so inspiring to so many of us! Good luck to you…


    July 11, 2009

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