Yep, this was my first ever coleslaw. I have never been a coleslaw eater. Frank likes it, but has run into few recipes that are suited his taste. This recipe was definitely an experiment. In an effort to lower the carbohydrates we eat, I have been looking for new ways to eat the types of basic foods we like. We both like cabbage, and I have been cooking with it quite a bit. Then I began to wonder about coleslaw. I looked up half a dozen recipes, and took from each of them what we liked, and left out what we didn't like or want, like sugar.
Here is the recipe I came up with.
3 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup shredded onions
1/4 cup shredded sweet peppers
We bought the cabbage and onions. I picked the carrots from the garden. This is the first time we have had carrots in the garden in the winter. It is so neat to be able to walk out and pick a few for a meal. They aren't very big, but they are quite tasty, to me anyway. When you ask Frank how they taste he just comments, "Like a carrot." The sweet peppers were frozen from the garden this summer. So, two of the four ingredients came from here. It would be wonderful if we could make this dish from all home grown ingredients. Maybe next year.
I used the KitchenAid to shred the vegetables. I chose the smaller shredding head to see how the texture would turn out. The pieces are pretty small, but turned out fine. I think next time I will experiment with the larger shredder head to see which type we like better.
The dressing I used consisted of:
1/2 cup mayo
2 tbsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp. mustard
1/2 tsp. celery seed
I was skeptical about this dish. Frank's evaluation of the taste would be the deciding factor on the success or failure of this recipe. And, guess what? He likes it! We may leave out the onions next time, or reduce them to see how that changes the flavor. For me. Coleslaw is going to be an acquired taste. It's okay, and I will eat some, but not much. It was surprising that my first shot at making this dish was a success. Surprising, but nice.
Learning. We never get tired of it. It keeps us interested and engaged in living. You just can't beat learning something new everyday. Please share your recipes, experiences, or comments about making coleslaw. I'd love to learn even more.
Until next time - Fern