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Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Miracle in Cabbage

Sean and I went out for a pre-Valentine's dinner a few weeks ago at the Library Pub, a lovely spot in Wolfville with fresh and lovingly made food. Love is an essential ingredient of good cooking, a seasoning that hasn't yet been duplicated by large scale food processors and never will be.  We shared, among other delicious things, a red cabbage salad with feta and sesame.  Only love could transform the stalwart cabbage; reliable, economical, and readily available; into a dish that we nearly fought over. It's perfect: salty, a little sweet from the cabbage and a touch of honey, nutty with sesame oil and a little creamy from the feta.  This is my version, not theirs, and although I'm certain it isn't exactly the same, it is very delicious.  Bonus:if you store the salad overnight, some juice will collect at the bottom of the bowl which you can pour off and let your kids experiment with.  Rowan and I had a blast turning it pink with vinegar, dribbling in oil, turning it back to blue with baking soda, and so on.

Red Cabbage Salad with Feta and Sesame

1 T. Soy Sauce
1 T. Honey
1/2 clove Garlic, minced
2 T. Sesame Oil
1 T. White Wine Vinegar
1/4 head Red Cabbage, cut into small wedges, then sliced fine
1/3 C. crumbled Feta

In a large bowl, whisk the soy sauce, honey, garlic, sesame oil and vinegar together.  Add the cabbage and toss thoroughly to coat, then sprinkle in the feta and toss again.   This is great right away, but even better after it sits in the fridge a while.


  1. Hi Jenny,

    When I asked the thousands of Atlantic Canadians who subscribe to my wine newsletter about their favourite food and wine blogs and web sites, yours consistently came out on top. I’d like to include it in my next column for Saltscapes Magazine (www.saltscapes.com), which goes to about 125,000 Atlantic Canadians.

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    Local Food Lover

    Jenny Osburn made tofu from scratch as a vegetarian teenager, and has with her love of food and cooking ever since. Along with her mother Anna, her sister Meagan, and her aunt Kate, she started the Union Street Cafe in Berwick almost ten years ago. She creates wonderful dishes from the bounty of the Annapolis Valley, and shares her recipes and food supplier contacts on her blog. She often also suggests local wines for the dishes. Her blog has a homey, rural feel with a wry wit.

    Congratulations on publishing such a terrific blog! I’m handing this column in tomorrow so it would be great to hear from you today please at natdecants@nataliemaclean.com.



  2. Hey Jenny,
    I am looking for a chocolate cookie receipe to brighten up the days of an elderly gentleman that I work with that is on his last days....and I figured you might be the one to help. I mean there are tons and tons out there, but I am looking for that extra special receipe that is to be remembered. Any HInts?
    Love Jena

  3. My whole Family LOVES this recipe, as do I- nutritious, easy and a means to use cabbage (because that is a challenge in our house). I am making this for a Vegetarian PotLuck this weekend!


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