Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Strawberries and Cabbage

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Wow! That is something you don’t see everyday… The unique/strange recipe I spied on internet. Is it soup, smoothies or dessert? My curiosity was so great that I sent my skeptical husband out to hunt for strawberries.DSC_4443 

However, to my dismay, it looks as if our backyard strawberry season is almost over. We didn’t have the chance to share many with neighbors or friends yet, but the strawberries are getting moldy and some are quite bitter. I suspect that it has something to do with the rain…we have plenty up here…or…are we watering too much? .He managed to find edible strawberry just a small bowlful. 

Ingredients and Instruction for 2 servings (Print Recipe Here)

  • 200g of strawberries Cleaned, stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 4g* of salt  *2% of strawberry weight
  • 4-5 large cabbage leaves
  1. Place all the chopped strawberry in a medium bowl sprinkle in salt. Mix well and wait until the strawberries render the liquid.DSC_4448
  2. Cook cabbage leaves in a boiling water about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain and cool on colander.
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  3. Put cooled cabbage in a blender or food processor to puree. Add small amount of water if necessary to make a nice puree. DSC_4454
  4. Scoop out cabbage puree into an individual bowl and top with the prepared strawberry. I like it chilled!DSC_4465

It looks pretty…but the question still lingers… is this…hummm… what is it?. Definitely interesting…unexpected sweetness! Where else can you find sugar free, vegan, gluten free and guilt free mysterious… dessert? My husband kept his opinion to himself but I can tell he was not impressed. Forget pureed cabbage, he poured some sweetened condensed milk on top of salted strawberries. Now that’s more like it!

Making gumi jam is not easy task… Its striped seed is large and so little fruit. My husband put so much effort and produced just one jar of jam.DSC_4384DSC_4438On the other hand, making strawberry jam is nearly effortless.DSC_4504

Both jams are really good on soft White Heidi Rolls (ハイジの白いパン), in a Johanna Spyri story, the kind hearted girl Heidi brought white bread to Peter’s grandmother who had a hard time eating crusty bread because of her bad teeth…

I loved the animation based on the book when I was young and loved the song.

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Do you think we had too much carbohydrate and not much else this week? Don’t you worry, we had 6 servings of fruits and vegetables from the …whatchamacallit? quipped  my husband.

14 comments:

  1. So - dessert soup? Or sweet dinner/lunch? Hmmm...it sounds really interesting. I have made a sweet-savory before too (banana, coconut milk, broth, and onion and it was definitely interesting)...

    Both the jam and soup sound really good though :)

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    1. Thank you Joyti! I enjoy visiting your blog.

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  2. I love the creative pairing of cabbage and strawberry. The soup looks so inviting with that lovely green. And the homemade jam must have tasted great, esp. when it's made by your hubby.

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    1. Thank you Angie. Yes, he made great jams and I'm so lucky!

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  3. Sweetened condensed milk on salted strawberry sounds very interesting too ;P

    I always enjoy your blog post...although I haven't been leaving comments lately due to much work in the garden, but I always look forward to reading your post first thing in the morning. Your husband did very well with his blog task assignment while you're gone too:) Wonderful team! Glad you're back:)



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    1. Thank you Annie for your kind comment.

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  4. An interesting and original combination! I'd love to taste this soup.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Thank you Rosa. The soup is ...ah...one of a kind!

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  5. Your photos, as usual, are sooooo awesome!

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    1. Thank you so much Jalna. I didn't know you guys play pool and you two are really good player.

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  6. You really did find the most unusual recipe possible! It goes further than my craziest food creation... The colour is fantastic; pity the taste was not as good... I wish I could taste gumi jam one day... It sounds very mysterious.

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    1. Thank you Sissi! I know, that was an adventure recipe and perhaps it's no-repeat kind. We had a good laugh though.

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  7. Hi Nippon Nin,

    Cold fruity soup? Looking at what you are eating now, I can see it must bright, warm and colourful at your place. Here, we are feasting with hot soup with bread rolls! Yeah... Lots of carbohydrate, please!

    Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate too!!! Talking about chocolate, you can bake both kinds (WS or PD) to try. Personally, I like the PD ones more. I must say that their cakey texture is very comforting to indulge in our wintery weather :D

    Zoe

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    1. Thank you Zoe. I must encourage my husband to make PD cookie soon.

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