Friday, January 12, 2007

Lemon Cabbage Salad

Here's a recipe post from my early days in Crete - Lemon Cabbage Salad - simple but yummy. Great as a dish to take to a barbeques.

Cabbage salad with lemon vinaigrette

Cut a medium to large white cabbage in half then quarters, and cut the stem out by cutting a wedge at an angle down the middle of the cabbage. Cut the remaining quarter of a cabbage into 3 wedges. Then, slice the wedges across-wise, into strips about 3 mm thick. You end up with strips similar in length to matchsticks (but a lot wider) than, matchsticks.

Place the cabbage in a bowl and mix through the lemon vinaigrette.

Lemon vinaigrette: Juice and zest one lemon, mix in a heaped teaspoonful of mustard (English or Dijon) a tablespoonful of honey, quarter teaspoon of salt and 60ml of a cup of olive or oil.

Ideally, this should stand overnight in the fridge to allow the flavours to mix.

It’s simple, but the fresh lemon (and zest) really gives the cabbage zing.

This will easily serve 12 as a side dish at a barbeque, so that's 1 teaspoonful of oil per person which is within bounds of a healthy diet, provided you're not loading other food down with oil. You could use 30-45 mls of oil if you prefer.

Happy Summer Eating!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

New Year's Theme - healthy eating

It seems that New Year's Resolutions are out, and New Year's Themes are in (as seen at Sciencewoman, among others).

A key New Year's theme for me is "Healthy Eating".

Since New Year's Day I've been making an effort to watch my portion sizes, say no to cakes and puddings most of the time, and have limited myself to drinking only on weekends or special occasions (like my niece and goddaughter's christening).

It's oh so easy to fall into the habit of enjoying some of the marvellous cakes, slices and muffins on offer in Christchurch great cafe's. (New Zealand has some of the best cafes in the world - it's hard to avoid great coffee and yummy treats.) But thus far I'm sticking to my skinny cappucino.

I'll post a few recipes that are low fat or otherwise healthy over the next few months.

Happy New Year!