Saturday, 16 February 2013


My favourite pancake topping is cabbage. Your reaction is not uncommon, even my nearest and dearest think I'm a weirdo when I tell them this which is why they only tried it after three pancake days of knowing me. But I'm so right, it works really well. I came across it long ago. As in, my age was in single figures and I can remember the layout of the house but I'm struggling to remember which town it was in. I think it was in Barnsley, in the flat that we lived in before we lived in the nice semi-detached house in a close where everyone was a doctor and I had 18 year old nannies who all had really alien experiences to 18 year old me. It's very hazy though. Wow, the process of writing that has made me feel really old and terrified about all the things I've forgotten and all the things that will never occur to me again. It's OK, I've resolved to take more photos to trigger memories. So I first had cabbage with pancakes there and it was glorious, the texture and spice of the savoy goes so well with the airy cake. TRUST ME.

1 onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Half a Savoy cabbage, shredded
1 heaped tbsp turmeric
Half a tsp caraway seeds
2 whole chillies, slit down the middle

Fry the onion and garlic over a medium heat until brown. Add the spices, stir, cook for a minute.
Add the cabbage, chillies and salt.
Fry until the cabbage is cooked.
I usually get too hungry and add a tbsp of water and steam towards the end to speed things up.

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