Baby it’s Cold Outside – Plants, Life and a Coleslaw

I’m the first to admit that food-blogging in the winter hasn’t been my strong point. I’d much rather take photos in those bright Scandinavian days of spring and summer. I think it’s time for a new strategy in 2012 – to start with I’m trying to embrace winter and capture some of the atmosphere and charm that can be found in this season – making the most of it, you might call it. So, this blog post is not the usual type of recipe with food shot(s) that I would normally whack out here. I’m including a few snaps of this and that from around these parts.

First sign of spring – very cheering :)

Young Halley (5) letting off some steam in the park

Crab apples – jewels of the winter garden

Fairy lights add a little magic to the dark winter months – I love them

Seasonal Coleslaw

This recipe is for a ‘Roasted Sesame Winter Slaw’ that I found on this lovely blog My New Roots. I’ve pretty much followed the recipe except for using some different type of cabbage, because that’s what I happened to have in my fridge. This Coleslaw is great eaten on its own or with any kind of meat, if you are a meat-eater. Who said January had to be boring?

My Coleslaw is featured here on my treasured Bunbury Board – a gift from good friends Eddie and Tremayne in Ireland. Each board is hand-made from a tree sourced from sustainable Irish woodland and individually stamped with a code. By entering the code into the Bunbury Board website you can discover the story of the tree from which the board was made as well as see a picture of it. Very cool.

Makes a lot
Ingredients
3 cups each shredded red cabbage and sweetheart cabbage – any cabbage would work though
2 cups shredded carrots
2 scallions
1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
½ cup sesame seeds

Tahini Cream Dressing with Orange
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon runny honey (or agave, maple syrup)
1/3 cup tahini
½ cup water
season to taste with salt & pepper
zest of 1 organic orange

Directions
1. Wash and shred the cabbage as finely as possible and place in a large bowl.
2. Shred the carrots, finely slice the scallions and chop the parsley.
3. Add to the cabbage.
4. Whisk the dressing ingredients together. Add water to thin to desired consistency.
5. Roast the sesame seeds on a dry pan until they begin to pop. Remove from the heat immediately. Sprinkle over the salad ingredients.
6. Toss everything together in the bowl and serve. Pour the dressing over only after the salad has been plated – this way you get some bites with lots of dressing and some without for the best balance. Garnish with extra sesame seeds.



Our resident bunnies love to munch on the vegetable trimmings

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8 Comments

  1. Posted January 16, 2012 at 4:26 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh… I just loved everything about your post today.. your pretty spring photos… your daughter skipping, fairy lights and then… what a great recipe. A board with a code and a story, there couldn’t be a more perfect place for your coleslaw! Is that your pet bunny?

    • Posted January 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Aw, thanks for the lovely feedback :) And yes, that is one of our two pet bunnies.

  2. Dorthe
    Posted January 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I totally agree with Just A Smidgen – great post and I am definitely going to try out the coleslaw :) Nice photos on a greyish day :)

    • Posted January 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Dorthe. I’m glad you liked the post and feel inspired to make the coleslaw too :)

  3. Donna
    Posted January 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great pics! Lovely healthy recipe and love the tahini dressing Kerry. And the ‘Bunbury Board’! Very cool indeed!xxx

    • Posted January 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Frau Mahon – always nice to see you here! I hope life is treating you well in the sunny land. xo

  4. Posted January 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Kære Kerry
    Hvor er det bar en smuk og farverig salat – den gør mig næsten helt glad bare at kigge på. Jeg kan i øvrigt godt relatere til det med billederne – og også det at madblogge helt generelt. Når lyset er væk (og det er jo oftest der, man har lavet maden), er det bare ikke spændende at tage billeder. Det glæder mig dog, at du alligevel finder lys ind imellem. Denne salat skal prøves.
    Kh Nadia

    • Posted January 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Dejligt at høre fra dig, Nadia, som altid :)Tak for de søde ord. Håber vi snart ses. Knus

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