14
Sep
14

cole slaw with tomatoes, unplugged

You wouldn’t know it , but in the middle of   a suburban area stands a small farm. Drive through a neighborhood  of a mostly residential setting, take a right here and another right there and looking for a small sign leads you to a group of small fields. Here a farmer maintains a small shed were purchases of produce can be made. Mother nature dictates whats available. This day tomatoes and a cabbage. Compared to many of the supermarkets in the area very reasonable pricing along with fresh picked flavor.

Though I didn’t get any photos of this off the path mini farm, here’s a map of the area. The center light brown area being the farm.Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 17.03.55

What to do with a cabbage ? At first a traditional mayonnaise Cole slaw came to mind.

When searching recipes I decided on this simple slaw From McCall’s cooking school recipe. This was one of those old school collections that you subscribed to. Different packets were mailed to subscribers every month or so with and upon receiving  a binder to hold them, you built a collection of recipes, step by step with photos printed on heavy coated paper.  Tabbed pages and indexes allowed you to do a quick search for recipes. After all the years passed still a go-to source for a recipes with clearly written instructions and pictorials.

http://www.amazon.com/McCALLS-COOKING-STEP-BY-DIRECTIONS-MISTAKE/dp/B000BTK1CC

Well on with the recipe !

Now you can easily get your food processor out to make this recipe but get unplugged and use a knife to keep your skills sharp !

The recipe calls for mustard powder so for freshness and tang, crush up some mustard seeds for about a teaspoon or more.IMG_6177

Add the mustard powder, 2 teaspoons of sugar, a teaspoon of celery seed, a tablespoon of salt, one cup of vinegar, and 3/4 cup of oil, to a small pan. Set aside on stove to be boiled.

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Now get your favorite knife(s), quarter and remove core from cabbage and thin slice.

IMG_6179Next to go under the knife a large green pepper, cored and sliced into rings.

IMG_6180 IMG_6181A Spanish onion, I just had a regular white onion, sliced thin. I pulled off the skin later. Separate into rings.

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Done with the knife for now, layer 1/2 the lettuce, 1/2 the pepper, 1/2 the onion in a large bowl or container. Repeat.

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Sprinkle the mixture with one cup sugar.

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Now bring to a rolling boil the ingredients in the pan from the beginning of the recipe.

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Pour over the layered cabbage mixture.

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pouring and taking a picture at the same time, the cover on the Ipad shifts, covering the lens at some point.IMG_6193 IMG_6194Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate, about 4 hours., tossing every so often.

Cut up tomato and add to salad when serving.

By the time I got around to blogging the slaw was ready. Served alongside a BBQ chicken leg.

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Good, Not too sour or sweet.


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