Prior to 2015 I had never planted a garden before June 1. This year not only did I have everything planted by the middle of May but I also planted a lot of things that I had not only never planted but have never eaten. One of these things I discovered this week. And it will be added to my list of favorites. I’m so excited about this that I had to share…
Chinese (Napa) Cabbage- This particular variety-China Star you will receive for the first time in Week 3. There will be more weeks of it to come so there is chance for experimenting. When I cook the first time is just to figure out how I can tweak the recipe to make it better for the next time. My husband doesn’t prefer this method of cooking ;) Back to the cabbage… I made fresh cole slaw with home-made dressing. It is awesome. The first time even. To prep it I just cut the bottom, maybe an inch or so just enough to get the leaves separated. I then put it in a cold bath in my sink. Doing this immediately after harvest cools the produce and helps it store better. (It will also drown any earwigs that are crawling around inside) Then I started at the bottom and sliced it very thin then chopped it into smaller pieces. I wasn’t sure about the thick mid rib but it is delicious so don’t leave it out! It was super fast and easy I also added carrots thinly sliced and chopped up peas because I had them, other produce to add could be cucumbers, bean sprouts, onions etc.
I have the book Well Dressed ; salad dressings by Jeff Keys. He owns Vintage Restaurant in Sun Valley. I looked up slaw dressings and found two that I really was curious about. The one for my cole slaw was just the basic (included below) and the other was for Asian slaw (also included below). I tried the latter immediately and ate the entire bowl.
Poppy Seed Slaw Dressing
1 ½ C Mayonnaise
½ C real apple cider vinegar
1/3 C Sugar
Pinch of cayenne (optional
1TBSP Poppy seeds (optional)
1/8 tsp black pepper (optional)
Whisk together and pour on slaw mixture.
Asian Slaw Dressing
Add each a little at a time and taste until you love it! It is so good.
A few other ideas for cabbage
-use large leaves to wrap up stir fry or fried rice (can also be done with lettuce leaves)
-Kimchee (next on my list to try)