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sesame cabbage

March 12, 2012

Arlo has always said that the Muppets make him feel sick. He’s right too. We used to have the Muppet Christmas Carol on video when he was small and something about them made him feel sick. Odd. Halo, Harry and Poppy loved the Muppets and loved Sesame Street too (which was always on the telly, but isn’t any more.)

So when I said we were having Sesame cabbage the image that sprang to Arlo’s mind was kermit the frog and that “awful pig in a dress” (can he really mean Miss Piggy?). Took a bit of of persuading, but he tried the cabbage. Liked it too. May have to call it something else though.

At first glance this photo may look like yesterday’s tea plants, but this is washed and shredded Spring Greens – much more promising. (The tea plants are “wilting” in preparation to being crushed.) There are bags of Spring greens beckoning me in the vegetable shops though you could use any sort of cabbage for this recipe – even kale, though probably not the really thick stuff that they feed to cattle.

You need to wash and shred a nice lot of cabbage. In a saucepan heat up a dessertspoonful of olive oil, a glug of sesame oil, a tablespoon of sesame seeds and a sprinkling of salt. Cook this until the seeds start to bubble a bit –  two minutes tops – and then add the shredded cabbage and stir well and keep stirring occasionally and cooking until it’s done. The cabbage will cook quite quickly if it’s fresh so it only takes a few minutes. If the cabbage is old/tough/kale it might need a little longer. Serve immediately. The picture’s a bit steamy – had to be eaten immediately. No time to let the steam subside.

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