My mother-in-law had a copy of this book in hardcover. I was immediately drawn to the illustrations in black and white of each herb and spice you can imagine, all in alphabetical order for ease of reference. This book gives anywhere from one to a dozen recipes for a specific spice or herb.
I wouldn’t call this “American” or “French” per se, it’s just simple recipes to give you ideas on the versatility of those little plants and jars in your kitchen. I also like the descriptions, they give times-past associations of spices with prosperity, luck, love, and hate!
I tried the Cabbage with Capers last night and my husband said it was one of the best things I’ve made in a while! (Why doesn’t he like the rest of it? Or is he too nice to tell me so? Well I have to admit that I’ve been heavy handed with the salt as of late…)
Adapted from Cabbage with Capers from Cooking With Herbs And Spices by Craig Claiborne
- 1/2 head of green cabbage, shredded
- 1 cup cooked ham, small dice
- 1 Tbsp bacon fat
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 Tbsp capers with brine
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 Roma tomato, diced
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup water
Start with the bacon fat, ham, and onion. Add the garlic after the onion is soft and fragrant, cook for a minute. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine then quickly cover and reduce to medium-low for 10 minutes. It’s ready when the cabbage is soft, stir to scrape up any bits stuck to the pan if needed.
This dish resembled a very mild sauerkraut only the caraway was replaced with capers. Big Brother is not a fan of caraway seeds, so this is a good swap for him.
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In other news… I’m hosting a bake sale on Mother’s Day! I’ve opened a cottage bakery in my house, Cardamom Finnish Cottage Bakery, and I thought this would be a good way to let neighbors know about me. And for all of you Austin readers, this is a chance to actually taste some of the sweet things you’ve been drooling over while reading my blog. Locals can pre-order via the bakery website to pick up on Sunday, or just come on by between 9 and 11 am and shop at the sale (2800 Adelen Ln, Round Rock).