…it’s time to announce the ingredient for the next Culinary Smackdown. I know you’ve been waiting. I honestly meant to do it yesterday, but I had a really, really, REALLY rotten morning that culminated in my just up and quitting my job and I had to leave the house in order to retain my sanity. In 40 years, yes folks I have been working for FORTY YEARS pretty much non stop, I have never just said, “Enough. I quit.” Yesterday, I did. I am so over nit-picky corporate “policies” that are “assumed” and “unwritten”. I am so grateful to have wonderful friends who dropped everything to let us come out and visit and allowed me to vent. And now I’m ready to move on with the next big challenge for all you lovely and talented chefs out there.
It took me a while to settle on my ingredient. At first I thought about choosing another meat form after having so much fun with bacon, but I realize there are a lot of vegetarians who participate and I want everyone to have the opportunity not only to create a wonderful dish but to be able to eat it as well. 😉
I thought about grains. I thought about the season. I tried to remember other smackdown ingredients. And then, I stood in the store trying to complete my grocery list and it hit me. Therefore ladies and gentlemen, gird your loins for:
Battle Cabbage! It’s plentiful, it’s in season, and I’m a wee bit early, but hey, it’s in time for St. Patrick’s day. It’s red, it’s green, it’s smooth, it’s curly. I love cabbage although I know it’s often the butt of culinary jokes. I think it’s wildly versatile and that’s why I picked it for this month’s challenge. I can’t wait to see what all of you do with this oft-maligned vegetable. Bring it, babies!
The veterans know the rules but for any new folks who are thinking of playing, here’s how it works:
1. Prepare a dish that includes cabbage and as many other ingredients as you choose. If you’re inspired to make more than three dishes, please self-select which you wish to enter.
2. Post at least one photo and as much description as care to on your blog, then come back and leave a comment here letting everyone know you’re “up.” If you don’t have a blog, email me, and I’ll do my best to include you. Email is mrfsealah AT hotmail DOT com.
3. Recipes are helpful but not required. If you base your dish on a recipe you found elsewhere, please do the right thing and credit/link to the source. If you wing it (as I did for parts of my tofu pizza) that’s fine too. But it would be swell if you gave us a clue as to your ingredients/methods even without measurements.
4. Deadline is February 21. That’s a month from today. I was thinking about going all the way to Leap Day, so if ya’ll want that extra week, let me know and we can go back to the actual month by month challenge.
5. I will make my own dish but it will not be a contender. I will have the final say as to the winner to whom the Culinary Smackdown torch will be passed, and I will post the results as soon as I can.
And there you have it. I am really looking forward to all the creative and delicious dishes that I know you’ll prepare, elevating the lowly cabbage to new heights!