Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Lots O' Cabbage

These past couple of days we've been cooking lots of Eastern European dishes, which are laden with various types of cabbage, everything from Braised Cabbage Rolls to Braised Red Cabbage and even Polish Noodles and Cabbage. I've gotta say, cabbage has always been kind of scary to me. I think just the knowledge of what cabbage does to your insides and the unpleasant odors it can cause (don't make me say it) after eating it have kept me out of the cabbage-loving circle. Also, the cabbage dishes that my family has prepared over the years haven't really seemed too appetizing (sorry, Mom). My views on cabbage have changed as of today. I didn't get to try the Cabbage Rolls, but I did have the Braised Red Cabbage (which I made) and the Polish Noodles with Cabbage, which was easily one of my favorite dishes of the day! I'm finally feeling the cabbage love :) In other news, today my group prepared some Lamb Shanks, which I had the pleasure of trimming of fat and silverskin. I don't know about you guys, some of you may be squeamish around raw meat, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE getting my hands on raw meat and cutting it up, squishing ground meats in between my fingers, etc. It makes me feel like such a carnivore, haha. The lamb shanks turned out quite well and the sauce was really beautiful! Today's photos should be a bit better as far as plating than yesterday's. We are making more of an effort to make our foods more pleasant to the eyes with creative plating ideas. Check 'em out!

Braised Lamb Shank, Braised Cabbage Roll, Stuffed Tomato, and Moselle Potato

Irish Lamb Stew with Biscuit

Old-Fashioned Beef Stew with Mashed Potatoes

Pork Chops with Knockwurst and Potatoes, Braised Red Cabbage, Polish Noodles and Cabbage


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