Aug 01

The vegetable Donald Trump cannot grow

Russian Kale growing well in a raised bed at Wernlwyd - but you won't find it growing at the White House.

Russian Kale growing well in a raised bed at Wernlwyd – but you won’t find it growing at the White House.

It is a tasty and dependable addition to any vegetable garden, but it is one which Donald Trump’s White House gardener will not be putting on the menu any time soon.

Its Latin name is Brassica napus pabularia, and it produces a succession of sweet full-flavoured leaves.  If regularly harvested, and protected from those white butterflies, it will resprout with new tender leaves right through the growing season.

Yes, it’s Russian Kale

Its English name?  Russian Kale.  People sometimes add the adjective ‘Red’ because the main vein (or midrib) can be a shade of purple, especially in young plants.  Or, if you remember the cold war …

Russian Kale likes cool, temperate climates and is resistant to bolting.  However, in its second year it will produce hundreds of yellow flowers.  Pods will ripen in June to July, yielding thousands of seeds ready to replant or save for the following spring.  If seed falls to the ground, look out for Russian Kale volunteer plants, proving that the Russians are everywhere.

The thousands of seeds from just one plant are called ‘redundancy’.  Many plants produce vastly more seed than one would think necessary.  But the Almighty has put this abundance of seed in place.  Furthermore, it means this author has several thousand seeds to distribute to those who would like some Russian interference in their garden.

Psalm 104:14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

Kremlin connections?

The leaves of Russian Kale can be cut regularly and more leaves then grow. But does growing it turn your vegetable garden into a Kremlin plot?

The leaves of Russian Kale can be cut regularly and more leaves then grow. But does growing it turn your vegetable garden into a Kremlin plot?

If you are already a member of Christian Voice, you do not need a secret Russian communications system.  Simply send a stamped addressed envelope to the Christian Voice office for your seeds.

We shall also send at least a hundred Russian Kale seeds to every new member who joins in August.

Both offers will be subject to first come first served.  When the seed runs out, that’s it until next year.

Growing Russian Kale does of course raise suspicions over a possible direct connection to the Kremlin.  It will be no surprise if President Putin has personally authorised every Russian Kale seed and sent them out to meddle in vegetable plots across the West.  Expect a US Senate Committee to confirm this attack on our bland way of life very soon.  Well, the name gives it away, doesn’t it?  It’s Russian Kale, after all.  It must be dangerous to NATO and its military complex.

But all I know is, it’s prolific and tasty.  We shred the mature leaves finely and simply stir-fry in olive oil or butter.  Or you can add young leaves to salad.  Plant now, and you will just about get a crop before winter.  Wait for the spring, and you’ll have veg for months.  Your garden needs a Russian reset.

Attack on Nord Stream 2

Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts

Meanwhile, across the pond, any hopes Donald Trump had of a reset in trade relations with Russian have been scuppered by the veto-proof sanctions bill passed almost unanimously by Congress and the Senate.  However, it’s just a clumsy attempt to promote US shale gas at the expense of Russian natural gas.  Moreover it could easily backfire, as even the Washington Post is pointing out.  The EU are deeply unhappy at its explicit attack on the Russo-German Nord Stream 2 pipeline.  And the EU does much more trade with Russia than does the US anyway.  Russia will just trade elsewhere, as Bloomberg reports.

But symbolically the bill is bad for US-Russian relations.  Already, according to the Independent, Russian expulsions of US diplomats have increased tensions.  And that is precisely why the military-industrial complex like the sanctions bill just as much as the US shale gas industry.  After all, it would never do if peace were to break out, now would it?  Indeed former US Assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts told RT these ‘interest groups’ ‘put their interests ahead of normalizing relations between nuclear powers’.  We should be in much prayer for peace and against these men:

Psalm 140:2 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.

Administration, jobs and legacy

Where does all this leave President Trump’s domestic policy, his ‘West Wing’ administration and his legacy?  It is hard to keep up with the comings and goings in his office.  Is the man as shambolic as this in the appointments he makes in his business empire?  Or is it just the ‘Deep State’, what we call the ‘Establishment’, that is out to destabilise him?

Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Will his Supreme Court appointments define his legacy?

Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Will his Supreme Court appointments define his legacy?

Wherever there are people in the world, they need jobs.  Donald Trump promised much to the ‘rust belt’ workers of the US.  We have seen signs of him reaching out to the unions but nothing much concrete yet, unless the mainstream media is keeping something from us.

But despite anything immediately visible, says Breitbart, a recent poll shows US working class voters believe Mr Trump’s Republicans, rather than the Democrats, ‘will help improve the economy and create jobs’.

President Trump’s real legacy could yet be in the US Supreme Court.  He has already filled one vacancy with constitutionalist Neil Gorsuch.  Three justices are now 78 or older.  If two of those die or retire, the President’s nominees could put a brake on liberal sacred cows such as abortion, gay rights and transgenderism for a generation.  Continue to pray:

1Timothy 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

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  1. Rox

    Aha !

    When Stephen unexpectedly scorned John Major’s liking for peas
    I leapt to their defence, and I could not understand why he would not publish this :

    “Next time an optician advises you to eat kale, you might advise him that peas (in a larger portion than the kale) are more palatable to most people, but just as effective . However, the choice is up to you.” [ and I gave a suggestion for cooking peas ]

    Now we find that Stephen is cultivating kale on his private estate, in a principality not far from Ludlow, and using it to lure people into his circle of followers.

    It is certainly interesting to know that he makes the kale palatable with the help of oil (no doubt virginal, from the olive trees on his estate in Apulia, or possibly an ecumenical gift). However, for those who don’t fancy it and just don’t want their retinas to degenerate with age (age-related macular degeneration), I still maintain that it is easier to eat 50 grams of peas than the equivalent 20 grams of kale. Frozen from a supermarket will do very well, and the nutrients are well preserved if you microwave them with butter or a good margarine.

    I have never understood how the USA can hope to stop Europeans selling Cuban or Burmese items to each other (which it does when eBay or Paypal is involved), and certainly not how it can interfere with selling Russian gas to Germany through a new pipeline in the Baltic. Are they going to bomb it ? What about pollution ? It’s nothing to do with them, anyway. I don’t suppose the Germans will be using Paypal to pay for the oil.

    1. Rox

      Important health warning :
      I pulled 50 grams peas / 20 grams kale out of a hat. Only the ratio is correct, NOT the “dose”.

      In fact, I can’t find a recommended daily intake of kale or peas for the eyes anywhere . What matters is mainly the lutein content, but nobody seems to go further than saying that lutein “helps”, or similar. For example, the excellent NHS website says :

      “Leafy green vegetables are also a good source of lutein, as are peas, mangoes and sweetcorn.”
      [ That means “also” lutein as well as certain vitamins, not “also” as well as kale, which isn’t mentioned by name, despite being something of a cult elsewhere ]


      In fact 50 grams of peas is quite a small portion, and I am very happy eating 150 grams myself. But the equivalent 60 grams of kale would be quite a challenge, unless you are very fond of it.

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