Monday, October 13, 2008

VeganMoFo - Improvisation

Knowing that I had a busy week ahead, I jam packed the weekend with cooking from my new copy of "Veganomicon"...I finally bit the bullet and bought it!

Wow! The recipes I've tried so far have been amazing. Lance is in food heaven.

In the midst of preparing my Baja Tempeh Tacos and my Pumpkin/Caramelized Onion Ziti, I realized that I had a gigantic half a purple cabbage left over and no recipe to use it. Normally, I would've wrapped it up in plastic, put it in the crisper drawer and, to be honest, forgotten about it until the entire fridge smelled like a dead rat. But something in me said, "Who needs a recipe? Just make something out of it, put it in a pretty Pyrex container, and stash it away for lunch or a snack."

But what to make?

Well, I had some huge Fuji apples looking for friends. And a nice purple onion who plays well with others.

So, into the cast iron pan they went, the cabbage chunks, the diced apple and onion. I sauteed them in canola oil with a dab of Earth Balance. A sprinkle of sea salt, a dash of balsamic vinegar, and a stir finished them off before I dropped the mixture into a Pyrex container (antique Pyrex makes everything I cook seem more fun).

I would just like to say: improvisation = yum. I would say that the cabbage dish reminded me of my winters in Moscow, but I've only been in Moscow up to November, so I wouldn't know. =)


Bethany said...

extra cabbages abound lately. I saw another blog w/ the same dilemma.

I'm bad and I will typically eat some of it raw, then it goes to the compost.

Thanks for the recipe. I have no more excuses next time I have a cabbage hanging out ;-).

Keith said...

It's funny that you say that: I used to eat a ton of raw cabbage when I was in third and fourth grade because that's all they fed us at the after school program my mom sent me to before she picked me up.

My mom died laughing the day I got in the car and said, "How much do you pay them, because all they give us is raw cabbage for snacks..."

To this day, the only raw cabbage I can stomach is in cole slaw!