Friday, January 23, 2009

The Tiniest Leaf

A head of cabbage is made from layers of leaves, which form a ball. Here you can see the tiniest leaf inside a head of cabbage that I made a salad out of. Serbs LOVE cabbage in all its forms, but usually use the white cabbages in salads and for sauerkraut and stuffed cabbage rolls, for example. In the winter, it's common to see a huge plastic barrel filled with heads of fermenting cabbage on people's porches. Red cabbage, much higher in antioxidants, is unimaginatively shredded or sliced for slaw. (Sometimes a head is thrown into the barrel to add color, and the sour cabbage juice is a sure cure, so they say, for a hangover.) I like to jazz up my slaw by adding some shredded carrots, walnuts, and dried cranberries, with a vinaigrette dressing.

19 comments:

Nancy said...

I love the picture and love cabbage. I must try to grow some in my garden. How about a recipe for cabbage rolls?

Babooshka said...

I just had to enlarge this. I am a sucker for purple. It's incredibly sharp and detailed. Bibi you are really a real understanding of this photography lark. People take photos, not cameras. You get it, and it shows.

richies said...

Reminds me of Belize. It seem like cabbage is the only vegetable that Belizeans eat regularly.

An Arkie's Musings

Maki said...

I love it !! Amazing how I've cut this cabbage & never noticed the beauty you have captured. I have certanly learned over the last several months of checking out blogs, to slow down & take notice of more detail. I love reading other people's opinons and hearing their perspectives.

Thank you, Branka

Sterl the Pearl's Daily Pics of Boulder said...

cripsy, fresh and wonderful!

Lily Hydrangea said...

that sounds absolutely delish. Nice photograph.
& the woman selling branches in your last shot is adorable.

lavenderlady said...

What a great picture...and the information was very interesting.

Marie Reed said...

I am a big cabbage fan too!!! I think that comes from living in Germany.....mmm cabbage rolls!

Marie Reed said...

The shot is gorgeous!

Belgrade Daily Photo said...

Beautiful! I'd say this cabbage is one of nature's many masterpieces.

koala said...

Red cabbage reminds me of Summer. And sour cabbage of Winter & Fall. We even eat it for Christmas.

Jilly said...

What a fab photograph. I love cabbage too but I don't care for the fermented cabbage, I must confess. The colours in this photograph are amazing. Slaw I love, and your recipe is something I will try. Never thought of adding dried cranberries.

Thérèse said...

The heart being he part I like the most in salads and in people...

Joni said...

Gorgeous! At first glance I thought it was a huge flower atop someone's hat!

Saretta said...

Wow...awesome photo! Do you make your own sauerkraut?

Petrea said...

Fab shot! Makes my taste buds burst.

marley said...

Very cool! Has somebody got their macro lens?! This is a brilliant photo.

Tash said...

I saw the tiniest leaf. You make a head of cabbage (??!!?) look very touching. Nice.
(Had some GREAT sarma at my aunt's just after Orthodox Christmas...I know how to make it, but never do. Thank goodness for relatives like that.)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! What a great vegetable. As a kid, I used to eat the chunky white stem (not as photogenic, but yummy) as a treat while my mom was making the salad. Thank you for the inspiration.

Branka M.