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Stir-Fried Cabbage with Peppers & Shallots

Stir fried cabbage is not exactly a novel idea but I was surprised to see that I haven’t combined it with red peppers before. Along with shallots and garlic, the result is rustic and assertive; a good companion for robust roast or grilled meats such as beef, lamb, or pork. It’s not too much for chicken or fish though. Otherwise, …

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Mid to Late Summer Hodge-Podge

When I looked at all the lovely vegetables we have right now, I couldn’t decide which one to cook, so it was “All of them, Katie!” I’ve made Hodge-Podge before, with a slightly different selection of vegetables. This one will take you later into the summer, once the peas are gone (which, let’s face it, they are). We ate this …

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Spicy Ginger-Garlic Cream Sauce

I really wrestled with what to call this. It is not quite the sauce used to make Butter Chicken. I consulted various versions at length, though; and if you cooked chicken in it and called it Butter Chicken it wouldn’t be the stupidest thing anyone has ever said. I was aiming for something a little more lightly spiced, but with …

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Chinese Style Chicken Salad

This was a pleasant one-dish meal for another hot, dry day. There is something just very appealing about cold noodles in a zingy sauce. I’m calling for you to poach the chicken, but this would be a great use for leftovers from a purchased rotisserie chicken, which in turn is a good way to keep the heat down in the …

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Garlic-Dill Cabbage with Peas & Sour Cream

Apart from a bit of extra chopping and mincing, this is not really any more difficult or time consuming than serving a simple boiled vegetable. It seems so much fancier, though! The rest of the meal can be pretty straightforward – some grilled or broiled fish or chicken; some rice or noodles. Potatoes would be lovely but we are still …

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Red Cabbage Slaw in Cucumber Boats

Cucumber boats filled with red cabbage slaw make a simple but very visually striking salad and they combine very nicely in the mouth too. It’s a bit hard to say how many cucumbers this amount of slaw will fill; it will depend on the size you get and to some degree you will have to eyeball it. I only had …

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Rumbledethumps

So what, you may ask, are – is? – Rumbledethumps? It’s simple, really: it’s another one of those oddly-named British dishes consisting mostly of potatoes and cabbage, in this case from Scotland. The name is presumed to come from the sound of everything being mashed up together. This is a bit fancier and more complex than champ or colcannon, requiring …

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Red Flannel Salad

Red Flannel Hash is a fine old tradition, but I thought I would make a salad of it. On the way I wandered through a number of Russian salad recipes involving beets and potatoes, and took counsel from them. I was really very pleased with the final result. It is almost – almost – worth the hassle of cooking the …

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Spring Roll Salad with Chicken

It seems I’ve gotten a bit out of the habit of making salads, so I am trying to do more of them this winter, which is never the easiest time for salads but it can be done. It helps that I’ve been really quite impressed with the greenhouse lettuce I’ve been getting this winter. There is a lot more variety …

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Sesame-Ginger Red Cabbage

Oh good, something plain and simple on the vegetable front. Seems like it’s been a while since that’s happened. It seems like every time I cook red cabbage I end up using a combination of sweet and sour flavours, so I was determined that this time I would do something different. So I did. That’s pretty much the story of …

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