Gentle readers, perhaps you’re thinking, why does the Practical Cook keep teasing us with the “Can this supper be saved?” series? Supper is always saved. Wrong. Open the kitchen confessional (which I must assume is actually the pantry door, possibly the fridge for an extra-juicy confession),this one ends badly, and not just because it involves cabbage, haters.
For Sunday supper, a green vegetable is required. This is a rule, bordering on a sacred one. In fact, for all meals, a green vegetable is required. Just ask my brother, he can cite this chapter and verse. We like cabbage here at Team Practical Cook, and this was a pointy-headed cabbage from our CSA, an exceptional varietal.
The Practical Cook values simplicity, so she does a quick pan-braise: clean chopped cabbage, slightly sweet liquid, dash of Dijon mustard, cumin seeds (she doesn’t care for caraway, but feel free). Apple juice is nice here, but due to a shortage in the home, blackberry juice was subbed. Interesting, not bad.
The problem came at the seeds. In a rush, I grabbed Ajwain seeds instead of whole cumin, tossing them in before I realized. I added a few cumin seeds on top, but the damage was done. Survey says—stank cabbage. As wikipedia notes, even a few Ajwain seeds will permeate the dish. Yeah, I didn’t use a few. We ate it, but did not enjoy it. It made me think of cafeteria cabbage, and I do not mean that as a compliment.
Lesson: Look before you leap. Don’t panic if you fail. Life will bring you another cabbage. And line up your seasonings before you need them. There you have it, The Practical Cook could not save this cabbage.
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For the love of tomatoes, tomorrow will be a guide to serving Sliced Tomatoes. Yes, there are rules.