In love again! I know, it’s only been a week since… well, ‘purging’ my heart. But this one came completely without warning. To be truthful I’ve seen something similar around before, usually in the fall, but then I just took it for granted. This time though I couldn’t turn a blind eye. I opened the box and for the second time, that smooth firm package of tightly wound petals sat inconspicuously waiting for me to pluck it. So patient as first I fawned over the blueberries, then peaches, and then those intoxicating cherry tomatoes. I have to admit, I’m just like every one else; a sucker for those vibrant, mouth sized, succulent fruits. Meanwhile the most humble and handsome of all vegetables lay waiting, patient and perfect at the bottom of the food box. Though I recommend taking the time to really get to know this dapper fellow, the following recipe comes together in a snap. (I’ve heard this sometimes happens in the throes of new love).
For your pre dinner entertainment: Sexy dance routine that resembles a cabbage at the end.
Yields 2 generous portions
- 1 Tbs vegetable oil (Coconut oil or butter is the most stable oil for heating)
- 3 small- med red onions – sliced finely
- Pinch sea salt
- 1 small cabbage – cut into fine ribbons
- 4 med sized carrots – julienned
- 4 Tbs each of:
- Rice vinegar
- 2Tbs cumin seeds- toasted and ground
- 2 Tsp coriander seeds- toasted and ground
- Chopped chilies or hot peppers- to taste
- Handful fresh basil- chopped or torn into pieces
- Brown rice noodles
- Boil a pot of water. When boiled, add enough brown rice noodles for 2 people and take off the heat. Let it sit while preparing the rest of the meal.
- In a large pan sauté the onions and sea salt in the coconut oil on low-med heat for a couple of minutes.
- Toast the seeds and grind with a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder.
- Add the cabbage, carrots and seeds to the pan.
- Sauté till slightly soft (a few minutes).
- Mix together the tamari, tahini, rice vinegar,honey, and chilies and dress the vegetables. Chilies are varied add them to your liking.
- Strain the noodles and let them sit to drip away most of the moisture.
- Chop or tear up the basil.
- Toss everything together, making sure there is equal or more vegetables than noodles.
- Serve with lots of fresh basil visible on top.
Another reason to love cabbage: Cabbage has many healing properties due to its high content of sulfur, iodine and vitamin C. Taken as a fresh juice it can be used to treat ulcers and digestive disorders. It is also very nourishing for the skin and can be used as a beauty tonic.