Friday, November 19, 2010

Cabbage Salad With Sesame and Pomegranate + A New Use for a Knit Hat

So I may not even get around to making kimchi. Cabbage keeps ending up in everything I make these days!

Here's a salad I tossed together for dinner the other night:

Julienned fresh cabbage
Sesame Oil
Rice Vinegar
Pomegranate Seeds
Black and Tan Sesame Seeds
Pinch of Salt

There are different levels of crunchiness going on in this salad, from the slighty sweet and vegetable taste of the cabbage, the nutty taste of the sesame, and the sweet and sour of the pomegranate seeds.

The salad has kept really well in the fridge for several days, and is great along chicken and roasted sweet potatoes.

The raw cabbage is good, but sauteed cabbage has also been ending up on the menu. Last night I cooked thin slices in sesame oil and a sweet-and-spicy Korean chili paste and served it on top of chewy cellophane noodles with a fried egg. (It was sort of a bootleg japchae.) My friend Katie Red took a few photos with her gorgeous new camera, so hopefully I can post a photo!

Cabbage is super-cheap, stores well, and is great raw or cooked. Last year cauliflower was my surprise winter veggie favorite, but I think cabbage has pulled ahead!

In other cold weather news, I've been knitting again! BaltimoreDIY goes back to it's crafting roots, I guess.

I'm a pretty lazy knitter with about two projects in my repertoire. I make a really simple knit hat, and a really simple cowl (which is basically a scarf knit into a circle to keep your neck cozy.)

I thought you folks might enjoy this extra use of one of my knit hats: it's now my knitting bag!

My current project is a black cowl to hold back Chicken-Man's steadily dreading explosion of hair, and I'm hoping to get it done as quickly as possible. I started throwing the yarn into my purse so I could work on the cowl on my lunch breaks and when I'm hanging out with friends. But everything always gets tangled and dirty, and I end up with yarn wrapped around my keys, the spirals of my notebook, etc.

So I rummaged through my things to find a quick way to hold the yarn all in one place in my bag. The knit cap works beautifully!

In fact, I like it so much I'm thinking of felting the hat to make it more sturdy, and using it as a permanent knitting project bag.

Next up, a white cowl for myself made with some deliciously cuddly yarn that hasn't been dyed... snuggling with it is like curling up with a baby alpaca!

My plan is to pretty much knit and bake bread all through Thanksgiving weekend.

1 comment:

carlyjcais said...

Wow - that's a really yummy-looking salad...will have to try this one out...

And I totally do the same thing with my knitted hats - just use them as catchalls for stuff lying about!!;-)
Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!

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