October 30, 2005
From the Archives: Barrett's Cabbage and Lentil Salad

Ugly But TastyFor some time I've been nagging Barrett (he's the techie one) to add a "From the Archives" feature to our sidebar. You know the kind: a little box on the side that shows our newer readers what great recipes they may have missed in the past. But Barrett has this thing called "Work" which seems to take an inordinate amount of his attention. And he has remained immune to nagging. Last weekend I wrote him to say that I was about to use up a half head of Savoy cabbage in his Cabbage and Lentil Salad. "Which one is that?" he wrote back.

So obviously it's not just our readers who could stand to be reminded of some of the good recipes in our archives.

The beauty of this salad is not immediately apparent. Yes, that's an ugly photo and it's not just because I was in a hurry and didn't take the time to plate it properly. The beauty is in the mix of flavours and textures. Nubby lentils and chewy cabbage. Sharp raw garlic and sweet softened onions and garlic. Then there is the way the cumin compliments the cabbage and the onions, giving them a spicy bite. The first time I made the salad (back in 2003, how time does fly) I thought it was better hot. But it's also delicious cold as a lunch the day after you make it. Basically it's good no matter how you eat it. So go back and read the archive, give it a try. Beautiful deep green Savoy cabbages are in season and we can all use the vitamins to combat the coming cold season.

Note: Barrett's brilliant compromise on the From the Archives issue is that we should try to create a Sunday feature where we try each other's recipes. Watch this space for more peer reviews!

Posted by Meg in Sussex at October 30, 2005 10:23 AM | TrackBack Print-friendly version

Nice first choice. I'm afraid it will be more difficult for me to try many of your recipes for obvious vegetarian-related reasons, but I've made many of the desserts and they were delish.

Now to go slumming trough the way-back machine to a distant time - 2003!

Posted by barrett on October 30, 2005 at 8:26 PM

You could substitute creatively on some of my recipes, you know.

Actually, I was surprised to notice when I went back to this one that it was the very first recipe you posted. I knew it was an early one, but hadn't realized it was the EARLIEST!

Posted by Meg in Paris on October 31, 2005 at 1:44 AM

Peabody here. My boy Sherman is currently making a nice Alpo casserole.

I like the idea of the creative substitution and cooking. For my own cooking, it's interesting to see what dedicated chefs substitute and how.

Posted by Bryan on October 31, 2005 at 7:50 AM
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