Johanna: The Improviser

Never quite follows the recipe. Doesn't really measure. Tastes with her fingers. Somehow, it always works.


Posted: June 20, 2010 | Author: Johanna | Filed under: Johanna | 2 Comments »

Not sure that I’ve mentioned it lately, but I am a member of the Greene Harvest CSA. It’s a wonderful organization, and I’m already so excited about what we’ve been getting and will continue to get for the rest of the summer. We’re having some trouble consuming all the veggies each week, but as my schedule becomes more of a…. schedule, and as we can plan meals around our haul every week, I’m sure this will all improve.

Yesterday, part of the pickup involved a HUGE napa cabbage. When the volunteer passed it over to me, she laughed and said that I’d won the prize. Seriously this cabbage is bigger than my head, and weighs a ton. I asked the volunteer what she would do with a napa cabbage, and she gave me suggestions such as miso soup and stir fry. I’m not a closed-minded cook, but it’s hotter than bejeebus, and I’m certainly not going to stand over a pot of soup or a blazing hot wok right now. So I’m looking for other options.

Things that I’ve found on the internet include modified lettuce wraps, several salads, a few noodle dishes that look really enticing, and various pickled twists on kimchi.

I’m not sure which of these I’ll try, but as I’ve got so darn much cabbage, I can probably play with as many of them as I want. What would you do with a big-ass head of napa cabbage?? I’m definitely thinking some chicken-rice cabbage wraps might be on the menu for this hot week, as they’ll feel nice and cool. Maybe I can even cute it up and make a curried chicken salad and use that, along with some of the Japanese turnips and scallions from last week, and roll it all up in some napa leaves. Any suggestions from any of the readers out there for what I should do with the ridiculously huge Napa Cabbage sitting in my crisper?

Shout it out, and stay tuned for this and more adventures from The Improviser Learns New Veggies!

2 Comments on “Halp!!”

  1. 1 Bakezilla said at 12:04 pm on June 22, 2010:

    How about spring rolls? Chopped up and rolled into rice paper with herbs and cellophane noodles, served with a peanut sauce?

  2. 2 Joh said at 6:18 pm on June 22, 2010:

    Not a bad idea! I also have the Triple Threat’s wonton wrappers in my freezer still, so I may mix it with some sauteed veggies and make dim sum! Sort of. Spring rolls, lettuce wraps and dumplings, oh my!

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Johanna: The Improviser

Never quite follows the recipe. Doesn't really measure. Tastes with her fingers. Somehow, it always works.

Alyssa: The Triple Threat

Can do it all. And modest to boot.

Bakezilla: We Use Mixers Too

She likes to bake. Actually, baking is the only thing she does. It's a passion.

Rita: The Kosher Chick

Restrictions have nothing on her.