Thursday, October 21, 2010
Of course my favorite farm stand had more to offer besides the incredible selection of squash. Most noteworthy was their incredible cabbage. I have to say that I have never seen such big heads of cabbage before. The small ones were the size of volleyballs, most were even bigger. They all looked fresh and delicious, and I was very tempted to purchase one, as I do like cabbage. But what would I do with that much cabbage? That is the one big problem with farm stand shopping. Everything looks sooooo good. But everything is perishable, and there is only one of me to prepare it and eat it, so I have to use some self control,that way I avoid purchasing veggies that end up in the compost bin because I don't find time to cook them. Thankfully winter squash keep a long time, so they were safe choices, but I decided that maybe I should pass on the cabbage.
Apparently the nice woman who checked me out was psychic, because as I headed toward my car with my bags full of squash she said "Do you like cabbage?" To which I replied, "Yes I do, and yours are magnificent." I guess she read my mind and knew I really wanted one because she piled one into my arms. "How much is it?" I asked and she relied "Nothing just take it".
So what should I do with my big cabbage? I decided to make stuffed cabbage, something I love but never have cooked because I've always lived with cabbage haters. Well, that took a bunch of the outer leaves, leaving me a cabbage that is still huge compared to anything I've ever bought at the grocery store. So what next? I'm toying with trying to make homemade sauerkraut; I've scoped out some recipes and it look surprisingly easy. Maybe cabbage soup? Or coleslaw? Any ideas?