Friday, 25 July 2014

Purple cabbage and orange salad with purple cabbage water

We are from a mixed household, my husband is Chinese while I have European heritage.
Food has always played a very important part of Chinese culture and Chinese medicine. The idea of food as medicine while only a relatively new concept in the west is thousands of years old in China.

One concept that my mother in law has introduced me to is drinking the water that vegetables are boiled in. To me this makes complete sense as you gain the nutrients that would otherwise be lost with boiling. So I present my take on the concept with a red cabbage salad recipe with accompanying red cabbage water (I am adding orange juice to it as I don't really like the taste of vegetable water but my mother in law would drink it straight).

Warm purple cabbage and orange salad with purple cabbage juice


1/4 Red cabbage
1/2 red capsicum
Handful of raisins
Handful of shelled walnuts
half handful pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
4 oranges
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
orange or apple juice to taste
2 tablespoons of oil (I like macadamia oil)
pinch salt
pinch pepper

1) Put 1Tbs balsalmic vinegar, 2 Tbs orange juice (approx juice of half an orange), 2Tbs oil, pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper in a small jar and shake.

1) Put raisins in pot with approx 3 cups water and put on high.
2) While raisins are getting up to temperature put in a bowl:
         1/2 capsicum finely sliced
         hanful roughly diced walnuts (about 1/4 of a cup for people who do not measure in handfuls)
          1 and 1/2 oranges peeled and diced
          Small Handful of pepitas
and then put to the side.
3) Thinly slice the purple cabbage and add to pot with raisins when it comes to the boil. return to the boil and blanch for opprox 1 min.
4) Drain the cabbage reserving the liquid
5) Add cabbage to bowl with rest of ingredients. Add dressing and mix.

1) Add juice of 2 oranges to the purple water.
2) You will notice the water turn pink as the acid in the oranges reacts with the cabbage colour.
You can also cut up an extra orange and out pieces in the bottoms of your glasses for visual effect.
Best warm.

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