Cabbage and Pork Salad

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: May 28, 2017
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: approximately 30 minutes.

This is a delightful salad in the Vietnamese style. A note accompanies the recipe in regard to the “long, slender pieces” of cabbage.

“Vietnamese cooks cut beautiful cabbage salads without a grater. Here’s how: remove leaves from head one by one. Lay several together and roll up tightly. Lay roll on board and slice as thinly as possible with a very sharp knife. Surprisingly fast, and yields a dish completely different from the usual shredded affair.”

Add hard-cooked eggs and tomato wedges to serve as a main dish salad. It is a very good topping for rice or as an accompaniment. It also keeps very well. A week after making it was still very good.

Cabbage and Pork Salad

Cabbage and Pork Salad
1/2 head cabbage cut in long, slender pieces (see above)
2 carrots, grated
1/4 – 1/2 lb pork, boiled and thinly sliced
several sprigs fresh dill and mint, chopped

1 Tbsp. soy sauce
3 Tbsp. sugar
3-4 Tbsp. vinegar
2 tsp. lemon or lime juice

3/4 cup roasted peanuts, salted and chopped

Mix cabbage and carrot in a large bowl.
Add pork and herbs and mix thoroughly.

In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the dressing.
Pour over salad and toss well.

Just before serving, garnish with chopped peanuts (optional)

Soybean Curd Sauté

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: May 13, 2017
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

Have rice cooked and ready, or start it before beginning this recipe and this is a quick and delicious meal. Soybean curd is also known as tofu. If more convenient, the sauce can be made first and kept warm over low heat as you do the stir-fry. Then combine and serve over rice.

Soybean Curd Sauté

Soybean Curd Sauté,
1 T. oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 fresh red chili peppers, finely chopped (optional)
2/3 lb fresh pork sliced in small bite-sized pieces
4 cakes bean curd (tofu) cut into bite-sized pieces

1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup tomato paste
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. vinegar
1-2 cups water, as needed for a gravy-like consistency)
2 cups frozen or lightly pre-cooked green beans

Sauté chopped onion and chili peppers briefly.
Add pork and stir-fry until meat is browned.
Add bean curd and stir-fry briefly.

Add sauce ingredients, including green beans, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Serve over hot, steamed rice.

Fresh Spinach Salad

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: August 29, 2015
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: about 20 minutes

Prior Preparation Needed
Boil and cool eggs

A very simple salad, my favourite kind, and quick to prepare. I used the Swiss cheese recommended in the recipe, but I think it would be quite nice with feta, havarti, or cheddar as well.

Fresh Spinach Salad

Fresh Spinach Salad
1 qt. chopped fresh spinach
1/2 c. chopped celery
1 onion or 3 scallions, chopped
3/4 c. Swiss cheese chopped into small cubes
3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped.

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. horseradish
1/2 tsp. Tabasco or dash of cayenne pepper

Combine salad ingredients in a bowl.
Combine dressing ingredients in a small lidded jar and shake well.
Just before serving, pour dressing over salad and toss.

Orange-Ice Delight

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: Feb. 9, 2015
Yield: 1 pint
Time needed: a minute in the blender

Personally, I don’t like ice cubes, so I just substituted some really cold water. I wasn’t at all sure what I would get from this, as I don’t usually like a combination of orange and milk either. But this was very nice. I am glad I tried it and I will try it again, especially for a quick breakfast on a hot summer day.

Orange-Ice Delight

Orange-Ice Delight

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Mock Lobster

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: June 10, 2012
Yield: 3-4 servings
Time needed: 10 minutes

Well, it is time to do more work on cleaning up the backlog of recipes readied for posting, but still in the queue.  This is a very simple version of Mock Lobster. Much less expensive than the real thing, it is a delicious dish in its own right.  

Mock Lobster

Mock Lobster

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