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Weekly Digestibles

02 - 09 July, 2012
Until I moved in with vegetarians, cabbage was known to me only as a pile of soft and soggy mush to be endured but not enjoyed.
I saw the light then, and I see it again in the best of Joe Sgro’s barely travelled cabbages. Coming from Colac just 2 hours away, these sweet and lovely Brassica blooms bring culinary delight to winter palates. The best part about the cruciferous cabbage? It’s just as tasty raw as it is cooked.
Pickled for garnish, fermented in sauerkraut, shredded for slaw, boiled in borscht soup, stir-fried with tamari or steamed for Chinese cabbage rolls. We recommend it all!

Cabbage tip: like other Brassicas, boiling cabbage reduces the concentration of the DNA-repairing booster indole-3-carbinol contained within, so cook with care.

Just a tidbit about Foothills Organics and their produce, straight from the press.

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Our weekly member recipe...

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 small potatoes
  • ½ cup of plain flour
  • 2 cups of chopped cabbage
  • 2-3 Tbs fish sauce or dashi stock
  • 1 Tbs sesame oil
  • 2 Tbs chopped spring onion
  • 3 Tbs pickled ginger
  • 1/3 sweet soy sauce, 1/3 rice vinegar & 1/3 tamari for glazing
  • One sheet of nori (dried seaweed), Japanese mayo & fried onions for garnish
Peel & grate the potatoes into a large bowl. Add two of the eggs and flour, fish sauce or dashi stock and mix into a loose batter. Then add the shredded cabbage, spring onion & pickled ginger. Mix to combine with a large spoon.

Add oil to the pan and bring to low-to-medium heat. Spread the batter out evenly into a round shape but take care not to make the pancake too large as you may struggle to flip it.

Let the pancake cook slowly on low heat for about 10-15 mins, then flip. Use a brush or the back of a spoon to evenly cover the cooked side with the sweet soy sauce mixture; made from combining rice vinegar, sweet soy sauce (kecap manis) and tamari or soy sauce.

Once the other side is cooked, after about 5 minutes, plate the pancake and break up the dried seaweed on top, then add the fried onion & dabs of mayo.
You can order additional cabbage from our webstore
More seasonal recipes from our recipes page
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