Have you ever heard the phrase ‘the clue is in the name’? The word coleslaw means ‘cabbage salad’ da DA! Right my attempt at QI over, you may be wondering why you would want to make your own coleslaw when you can just buy it from a shop. The fact is homemade coleslaw is a treat especially when made from organic ingredients, and not like nasty bits of old cabbage in horrid tangified wallpaper paste – so be told 😉
• 1 small red cabbage
• 2 carrots
• 1 red apple
• 1 large red pepper
• Good quality organic mayonnaise made with free range eggs (how much depends on how rich you like it)
1) Cut the cabbage in half onto a wooden board using a good sharp knife. This can be tricky so take your time. Remove the central core and discard it.
2) Peel the carrots, cut the apples into quarters and remove the core, cut the red pepper into quarters and remove the seeds and pith.
3) Wash all the vegetables and apple well in salted water.
4) Now if you want to work your biceps or you just don’t have a food processor then get a manual grater and grate away! … For the rest of us, grate the vegetables and apple in the food processor. You will get a different result if you use the big chopping blade (which avoids having to feed the item into the top to grate it), or the proper grating blade attachment, this is up to you.
5) You will probably have to do the processor grating in batches as the bowl will fill up quite quickly. Take a spatula to make sure you get every bit of coleslaw out and put it in a large mixing bowl.
6) If you get any big bits of food that have not grated properly then pick them out and use the chopping blade to finish them off.
7) Now add the seasoning to taste and some mayo, those of you feeling virtuous can have a go at making your own … let me know your recipes! How much mayo you add will depend on how rich you want it to be. I would add a word of caution and say not to go over board as you can always add but never take it away.
8) The coleslaw will keep in the fridge for a few days. Enjoy!
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