Wednesday, March 2, 2011

EAT YOUR GREENS




I think it's time to redress the balance - what about some nice healthy vegetables after all the recent breads and cakes??  And what nicer vegetable to turn to than vibrant, mineral rich cabbage.  One of my very favourite (I never seem to make enough!!) and this is an easy, tasty way to prepare it.  Although perhaps not an obvious pairing I think that orange goes really well with irony (is that a word?) deep green cabbage - the slightly tart, slightly sweet orange seems to bring out the intense greenness of the vegetable.

This is a handy dish for dinner parties as you can prepare the (orange and garlic) oil and cabbage before time and then just stir fry them together at the last minute.


Garlic and Orange Cabbage

1 head             Dark Green Cabbage
1                     Orange (Zest and Juice)
1                     Large Clove Garlic
2 tsp                Olive Oil
1 tsp                Butter


Heat the oil and butter in a wok or large pan to medium high.
While it is coming up to temperature grate in the garlic and orange zest.
Allow to sizzle but do not allow the garlic to burn.
Add the cabbage and toss in the flavoured oil.
After a minute or so, add half the orange juice.
Cook until it is to your taste - about 4 minutes is enough for me.  You might need to add more of the juice.
Season with salt and pepper and serve.


Enjoy.

21 comments:

Indie.Tea said...

I don't eat enough cabbage myself - when you mentioned nice and healthy, I thought 'kale' (which I eat at least once a week). I really ought to try more cabbage, and your dish sure looks delicious!

theordinarycook said...

This sounds really delicious. I always cook my cabbage with lemon, I will try orange next time.

Domestic Goddess Wannabe said...

Really important to eat our greens - my favourites are kale and spinach!

spontaneous-euphoria said...

Mmmmm amazing!

Rhyleysgranny said...

I loved your carrots and I just know I am going to love this. Thank goodness for your Blog otherwise I'd need you sitting on my bookshelf.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I bet this is so delicious. We don't have cabbage that much and I really don't know why. We like it but usually only cook it with corned beef or make cole slaw out of it. This I think we would really enjoy.

Hester Casey said...

I love garlic with green veg but haven't yet tried adding orange zest and juice. Sounds lovely and fresh. (now following too)

Chele said...

Do you think I could have my greens chocolate coated?
;0)

teresa said...

lovely! i really like cabbage, i'll have to try this soon!

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

pah!... i don't think so young lady... bring back the brownies! Bring back the brownies!... etc...

yummychunklet said...

Yum! Those look so bright and tasty!

Johanna GGG said...

Now that reminds me of a colin spencer recipe for brussels sprouts with cointreau which is amazing - not sure if a little booze ruins the virtuous nature of your glorious greens but a little slosh might be interesting in addition to your orange juice!!!

Kelly-Jane said...

Oooh that sounds lovely. I'm going to make that when I get a cabbage. I love cabbage too, got to take advantage of healthy likes!!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Love cabbage, especially red! I will try this though, thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!

Gloria said...

Love greens and thanks for sharing! gloria

Rhyleysgranny said...

I made this tonight and it is great. I love the flavours. perfect. Thank you x

Kim said...

I have never thought to pair orange with cabbage but I can see that it would be wonderful together. Will have to try this sometime soon. Have a great weekend.

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

adding orange zest to my greens sounds pretty darn good to me! thank you for sharing this, have a great weekend.

Susan Lindquist said...

We are always casting around for new ways to eat cabbage ... love this idea of the citus! So fresh and spring-y! Great color too! So important at this time of year!

Rhonda said...

Mmmm green! Lovely!

girls who like to gorge said...

This looks like a great recipe for livening up cabbage! I love the health benefits of the stuff.. but it can be hard to eat simply boiled or wilted!x