Sunday, January 19, 2014

Curly kale and savoy cabbage

Savoy cabbage is a dense and firm winter cabbage in wide use in Europe. Its leaves are often used for roulades (good with rice, tofu and mushrooms), soups and stews. The vegetable has a particular taste and smell. It should be blanched before preparation.

Savoy cabbage with lemon

700 g Savoy cabbage
150 g Crème Fraîche or yogurt
Some white pepper, nutmeg
Lemon rind of ½ lemon

Remove outer leaves, wash cabbage. Boil water and blanch for 2 minutes. Drain well. Mix with Crème Fraîche or yogurt and warm for a short time. Add pepper, nutmeg and lemon rind.

Kale is considered the most wild and undomesticated cabbage. It is of high nutritional value. In many parts of Europe it is an old custom to go on a "cabbage walk", which is really a car tour today with a lot of meat. For a long time this member of the brassica family has been associated with poverty and was shunned. 

Curly Kale

1 head of curly kale
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
3 clove of garlic
400g Soba noodles
150 ml Vegetable stock
2 Tbsp roast sesame oil

Wash curly kale leaves well. Discard outer leaves and dry well. Roast sesame in pan. Mince garlic. Boil noodles.
Heat oil in pan. Fry kale for 5 min. Stir occasionally. Add garlic after 3 min. Add hot stock, but do not boil. When liquid is evaporated, add the sesame seeds and oil. Serve immediately with noodles.

More cabbage
Savoy Cabbage Rolls

1 & 2 Savoy cabbage
3 Curly kale