Thursday, 5 February 2015
Coleslaw: A Winter Staple
A good 'slaw has become something that I seem to find myself making on an almost weekly basis - it's joined bolognaise, sausage and lentil casserole and chilli as one of our winter staple dishes.
I love it; it's adaptable to various ingredients, feels healthy (even though I've never really worked out how much mayonnaise I use... so the optimal word here is 'feels') it goes with pretty much everything and keeps ok for a few days too.
I've been meaning to blog about it for a while... mainly because in the weird world that I occupy taking some good photos of food suddenly has become something I wanted to do.* Unfortunately I hardly ever cook in daylight - not that we're even getting much daylight at the moment. Every time I opened the fridge last week I'd be tempted to cook the red cabbage - but I held myself back and in the fading light of Sunday afternoon, much to the children's amusement I made and shot my coleslaw. We ate some of it with baked potatoes and I've had it everyday for lunch since.
The very first thing I do is I cut up my onion and soak it in lemon juice...
I have a tendancy to get a bit obsessed about getting all my ingredients chopped to a similar size... although Henry loves chopping so I often have to turn a blind eye to the random sized chunks of apple and celery that he throws in the mix...
We generally use a mix of mayonnaise and yogurt on our 'slaw - sometimes some mustard and olive oil too - a good grind of pepper and a salt then mix it up.
It was so dark by this point in proceedings that I had to go outside to get this photo!
I need some more go-to recipes...
I always need some more go-to recipes!
*If you too have an urge to take good photos of food then Catherine of the blog Borrowed Light is running a food photography and styling workshop in July - see details here.