A quick sampling of what I’ve been up to…
Nana’s cole slaw… simple, yet so satisfying. I love the sweet-sour dressing and the fact that unlike ordinary salad, cole slaws retain their crunch days after they’re made. (And did you know that the phrase “cole slaw” is Dutch for “cabbage salad”?)
My mom frequently makes this to lure Chicky and me over for dinner in the summer. Don’t worry, Mom, we’ll still be there even if we’re making cole slaw in our own kitchens.
My adaptation of Nana’s cole slaw:
1 head cabbage sliced thin (I used a red and white combination this time.. quite pretty)
6 grated carrots (if you have them… if you don’t no worries)
6 Tb sugar
2 Tb white vinegar
a cup (maybe more) of mayonnaise (I use light mayo, you can’t tell the difference here).
Combine sugar and vinegar mixture and drizzle over vegetables in a bowl. Mix well. Add enough mayonnaise to moisten and let sit in the fridge for at least two hours before serving. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Haven’t had a lot of time this week, so I’ve been subsisting mainly on veggie chicken patties, a secret weakness of mine. I am in no way, shape or form a vegetarian, but I love breaded chicken in the form of a patty or a nugget and this is my attempt to be slightly healthier about it.
Throw one of those “chik’n” patties into a whole wheat pita with barbecue sauce and cole slaw, and it’s pretty delicious. Like you’ll want to just bury your face in it and inhale.
Headed to Franconia Notch this weekend and am planning on taking this baby with me. With selections by some of my favorite authors, including Susan Orlean, M.F.K. Fisher and Roald Dahl, I have high hopes. The fist piece I read was a short story by Alice McDermott in which she compares a woman’s lifelong love of ice cream with other, more… er, carnal pleasures.
All that chopping makes me wish I had a mandolin. Though my almost-new (hand-me-down) Cuisinart is in the mail, and the grating blade coming with it may quench that thirst. Anyone have a preference of mandolin vs. the Cuisinart slicing and grating blades?