This weekend, David and I are attending the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, CA which leaves us with little time to do blog entries, tweets, and all that other high-tech stuff. We'll be busy watching all the great features and short film entries and keeping our fingers crossed that our entry takes a prize :-)
As there already exist many resourceful sites on the web for great recipes and information on Plant Based Nutrition I thought I'd use busier times to share some of these sites with you to save you the steps of stumbling upon them as I have. The Natural Kitchen Cooking School is one of these sites so today I'm posting the link to their most recent newsletter with Cabbage as the featured Vegetable. I recommend signing up for this newsletter for good content icluding recipes. Anther great site I found with awesome images from nature is Ian Alexander's Natural Patterns. Ian has given me permission to use some of his fantastic photos such as this cabbage spiral. Spirals are found all over the place in nature and I am a big fan!! I draw them in doodles and seek them out without realizing it.
We tend to over look cabbage most of the year with the exception of Slaw in the summer and the occasional stir fry. In our house, red cabbage was always an accompaniment to pork so we basically stopped eating that many years ago when I stopped cooking meat and the plain green kind was replaced by the trendier baby Bok Choy or Napa. After reading the NCS newsletter I got all fired up about cabbage again and started thinking of good things I love to cook with cabbage. Last winter I made vegan Stuffed Cabbage which was a huge success and even when served to non-vegetarians. I remembered one of the BEST meals with cabbage is my sister Sally's Borscht. I know what you're thinking, you think Borscht is all about the beets, but thats only one ingredient in the more rustic Ukranian style of this dish and that is the style Sally makes. Sally is a great, healthy cook but she still uses meat (sausage I think) in her Borscht! (just a little bit, right Sal?) The last time we had Sally's Borscht (a few years ago), David could not get enough which was a super shock because he HATES beetroot, but that is the beauty of this Borscht, the beets are not the major focus!! SO, after reading all about how incredible cabbage is, full of fiber, carotenoids, vitamins and even Omega 3 Fatty Acids, I searched for a vegan Borscht recipe because think of how good and nutritious it is. Not only does Borscht contain cabbage & beets, there are carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, the list goes on & on with yummy healthy ingredients. This search is what led me to another really cool site and you tube video by Hippy Gourmet, definitely worth watching! I will be tuning in to these guys more frequently and I can't wait to try their Borscht recipe.
In the mean time, here is a SHOUT OUT to Sally for her to "vegan-ize" her Borscht and a challenge to make it as tasty without the pork sausage! I know she can do this!!
Hey, does anyone remember Cabbage Patch Kids?