Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2 There's More to Cabbage Than Just Coleslaw :-D

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Is it the "Swamp Thing" or an alien
from Mars? No, it's a cabbage. :)
How do you turn something as plain as cabbage into a dish that's interesting & exciting? Well, in the next few weeks, you're going to find out. :)

Cabbage is one of those vegetables that tends to elicit strong reactions from people. In its raw state, it can be a bit bitey tasting to some. However that can easily be masked with dressing or marinade. The good thing about cabbage is that it's one of those vegetables that picks up the flavors of whatever's surrounding it, either during marination or in the midst of the cooking process itself. And that means that there's a lot you can do with it.

When cabbage is cooked (or steamed), it has a distinct, pungent smell that is, er, well.... Let's just say that it's unforgettable. ;) Cabbage is much-used in Russian cuisine, and if you've ever had any Russian neighbors living next to you in an apartment complex, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. :)  The odor will waft down the halls & assault your senses like an AK-47. :)

See how beautiful a cabbage can be?!
(And before anyone with that background starts to get offended, you should know that I'm actually part Russian. So I can get away with saying that. :) )

I know that doesn't seem like much of an endorsement for the many wondrous qualities of cabbage, but when it's been prepared correctly, it can be really tasty. But don't take my word for it, just try the upcoming recipes.

If you'd like to search the archives using the key word "cabbage," you'll also find some existing recipes in which cabbage is a featured ingredient.


Natalie said...

great post---I love cabbage and am always looking for different ways to use it in meals. Going to check out your recipes now :)

Cyberpenguin said...

Thanks, Natalie! I just checked out your recipe blog. There are a lot of unique & very yummy-looking selections there. :)

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