Gardening tips plus observations about retirement life and what’s happening beyond the garden gate.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Try This Yummy Holiday Slaw
Looking for a delightful slaw—slightly different—for a holiday potluck or feast?
Look no farther! The Food section of the Washington Post recently included a yummy recipe for what I’ll call “Holiday Slaw.” Unlike most slaws, this one is served at room temperature or even warm. But it’s “holiday” because it contains chopped dried cranberries and crystallized ginger.
Is your mouth watering yet?
I have a reason for calling this yummy dish “Holiday Slaw” and not the name printed in the Post. The reason is that the basic ingredient is Brussels sprouts, a veggie many people love to hate.
On Saturday we visited Bill & Noelene, friends who also had seen the Post recipe and asked us to contribute this dish to their dinner: “Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Ginger.” The dish was a hit. We’ll be making it again. It replaces roasted Brussels sprouts as our favorite sprouts recipe.
I salivate as I recommend it to you for holiday feasting—while fresh sprouts are available in the stores.
I found it more economical to buy the sprouts by the stalk—with the spouts on the stalk equaling about four and a half 10-ounce tubs of sprouts—and in far better condition. We’ll make two dishes out of sprouts from one stalk.
If this recipe has a downside, it’s that it’s labor intensive—shredding those small sprouts. I do it manually, which takes a half hour or so, but perhaps you have some new-fangled machine that would reduce that job to a minute or two.
When I took the label from the stalk, the brand name caught my attention: “Queen Victoria.”
That gave me an idea for a more inviting name for this recipe: “Victoria’s Secret Slaw.”