Sunday, January 08, 2006

Skillet Cabbage

A lot of people have their traditional new year food for good luck. One such food is hog because they only can look forward and not back. Hopp-in' John -Blackeyed peas are very popular in some cultures while rice is common in other cultures. Cabbage or other greens are popular in some cultures because they represent the green back or prosperity. Donuts are another popular food in Dutch culture because they are the shape of a ring which is considered "good luck".

I will make this simple cabbage dish and olie bollen (Dutch Fried puffs "Dutch doughnuts") which is traditionally served on New years Eve in the Netherlands.

Serves 4

Heat in skillet:

2 tablespoons margarine or butter

1/2 cup onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced

Stir-fry briefly. Add:
3-4 cups finely sliced cabbage
1/2 cup s coarsely shredded carrots (optional)

1/8 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
dash pepper
2 teaspoon soy sauce (optional)


Indonesian- When vegetables are crisp tender and seasoned well, pour 3 eggs, beaten, over. Cook a few more minutes enough to allow eggs to become cooked. Serve as main dish with rice.

Vietnamese- Top with a generous sprinkling of chopped roasted peanuts, serve with rice, and pass soy sauce. Slivers of meat may also be added at the beginning with onions.

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