Saturday 30 May 2009

Sweetheart Cabbage with Lemon and Pinenuts

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My friends E and JM have recently moved into the flat downstairs. It's great to have such lovely neighbours for a change. The complete opposite to the guy next door who goes out of his way not to say hello. They had been send some Jamon from Spain and were kind enough to share the joy of it by bringing it along for dinner 'upstairs'. We had some of it just as it was and wrapped some around some steamed green asparagus. Simple perfection.

If you read my last post you'll also know that I got a sweetheart cabbage in my veg box and wasn't all that sure what to do with it. Thanks for your suggestions. I also started looking on the net for ideas and found a very simple recipe which sounded good to me and which I thought might go well alongside the asparagus and jamon. The basis of the recipe is pretty good and the cabbage and pinenuts work really well but I'd reduce the lemon juice to half a lemon as I found the flavour to be a bit overpowering. Nevertheless, here's the original recipe as found on the Grow Wild website. Try it for yourself and see how much lemon juice you like in there!

Sweetheart Cabbage

1 sweetheart cabbage (shredded)
a handful of pine nuts
Olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
juice of 1 lemon

Steam your cabbage for about 6-8 minutes.

In the meantime toast the pine nuts on a dry pan until light brown. You need to watch them and keep them moving to avoid them burning.

Put about half of the toasted pine nuts in a pestle and mortar and coarsely crush them.

Drain the cabbage, pour over a good swig of olive oil, add the pine nuts (both crushed and whole), the lemon juice and season with black pepper.


Marie Rayner said...

That sounds like a delicious way to prepare a cabbage Sylvie. How nice that you have neighbours that don't mind sharing food and meals with you! Food always tastes better when it is shared!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Sylvie what a great way of preparing and serving this sweet heart cabbage!

I'm so pleased for you that you have good friends moved into a flat downstairs, it makes a such a difference to your overall life style.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This is the first that I have heard of sweetheart cabbage. I am thinking I live on the moon.

pigpigscorner said...

I've only used sweetheart cabbage in soups and stews. This is a nice way to enjoy it!

Maggie said...

That's a delicious pairing, sweetheart cabbage and pinenuts.

Sylvie said...

I agree, Marie, shared food is double as good as eating it by yourself.

Rosie, you're right. It makes life much better!

Val, it's also called pointed cabbage, maybe you've heard of that?!

Pigpigscorner, it's really yummy by itself.

Margaret, they do go really well together. Both sweet and scumptious.

Hilary said...

What a beautiful feast that looks like! You have some really interesting recipes on your blog.