Friday, 5 December 2014

There's More To Cabbage Than Sauerkraut.

Cabbage, tasty, nutritious and oh so cheap.

Who hasn't seen those old black and white movies where the sailors drop dead from lack of fruits and vegetables? Oh, yes, Scurvy was the cause. The humble lemon and cabbage ( in a form of Sauerkraut ) were often the saviours.

" scurvy is solely owing to a total abstinence from fresh vegetable food, and greens; which alone is the primary cause for the disease. "
Johann Bachstrom 1734

Tell me, are you thinking what I'm thinking? Oh yes, how many people in the world have a form of scurvy right now? How many kids and adults do you know who refuse to eat vegetables or fruit? Plenty. Eating can't just be a Fast Food Affair. Maybe the old saying of an apple / cabbage / lemon a day really does keep Le Doc away!

It's been said that each cigarette you smoke depletes Vitamin C from your body. Apart from making a smoker's skin age faster, smoking might even rattle their teeth...although, smokers are such addicts that even the threat of wrinkles before their time and loose teeth make no difference. Dentists and anti-wrinkle potions! But how about cabbage?

Cabbage is not expensive, so there is no excuse. Bob and I frequently make cabbage because it also tastes so divine.

We grate half a cabbage ( with the flip side of the carrot grater ), cut an onion, a glove of garlic and some ginger. We then fry it up with either just salt or other spices, depending on your budget. It only takes about ten minutes and that gives us enough time to either make a pot of pasta or rice with it.
When you add it all up, the whole meal might cost about 1,5 Euros. Imagine, only a few Euros and in the bargain you might get a good skin and teeth that stick with you...