Friday, August 9, 2013

Cake-n-Cabbage


Tomorrow is somebody's birthday. We're starting the celebration today since he's got the day off. I was going to make this cake tomorrow but I cajoled The Boy (as I call my spouse) into helping me make his surprise birthday cake. Surprise! I haven't made a cake in years. I even had to adapt the recipe for a single layer baked in a spring-form pan, since I got rid of my cake pans several years back. It seems to have baked well, and while it's not the prettiest cake, it's chocolate through-n-through. 'Nough said.


I harvested my first cabbage from the summer garden, a savoy. I love savoys, but they do seem more susceptible to pests than the other smooth varieties. Must be all those lovely nooks-n-crannies in which to crawl about, snuggle-n-snack. But I soaked it in some salted water, removed and cleaned the outer leaves until I got to the untouched layers. When I asked The Boy what he wanted with the first cabbage he replied, "cabbage, pepperoni and potatoes." This is what I call an Italian boiled dinner. Apparently my Nono was the creator of this dish, since no one I've ever encountered has heard of such a thing. I don't make it as much as I once did since good quality (free range/organic source-meats, chemical/GMO free) pepperoni is hard to come by. In any event, it is delicious. Simple, too. Perhaps I'll share my process for making it tomorrow. What do you think?

Peace.

7 comments:

Wendy Hagen said...

Sounds like a dinner Himself would appreciate.

Art Barker said...

YUM!!!

Fil said...

Cabbage and bacon and potatoes are a real staple here ... I've been craving savoy cabbage for days ... out to the greengrocer tomorrow I go! Thanks for the healthy inspirations Rose.

Nancy Beegle said...

Oh, how yummy! I LOVE both chocolate cake and the cabbage, meat and potato dish! Sitting here reading about them and seeing the pics has reminded me of two things. We grew savoys and other varieties in Mi where I grew up, and it's something I hope to do next year, as it appears there will be no late garden this year . I can't wait to get back to growing my own organic food again . Second, I recall making a similar dish, which mom made a lot with cabbage, smoked sausage, potatoes and carrots. I love it and so do my kids. It is simple and so yummy. I know if I make it, Ill have no problem getting my son to eat it. The only issue would be getting him to save some for me. lol....Oh, and all this talk about good food has reminded me that I haven't eaten dinner yet. I guess I should go fix something . my son left last night for a weekend church activity, so it's cooking for one tonight. Thanks for sharing your wonderful birthday meal. Blessings!

Kim said...

The cake looks wonderful - homemade and sitting in the garden - yum! And the cabbage, potatoes and pepperoni has me intrigued. I have done so with bacon instead of pepperoni. Hmmm! And I so hope The Boy has a wonderful birthday!

Kathleen Wilson said...

Looks tasty! I haven't made a cake in a long time. I'll have to try the cabbage dish for my hubby. I don't have a taste for it but he does. Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia Lee said...

Hah ... at first I read it as a cabbage cake. LOL!

chocolate through and through sounds yummy