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Monday, May 25, 2009

It is that time of year!

Almost every single person that I know has a grrrrrrreat coleslaw recipe. This recipe is for those of you that don't! I cannot call it gourmet at all - it is just good!

Many many (many) years ago, shortly after I landed my talons in my handsome Chef, we went to visit an Uncle of mine north of Cincinnati, Ohio. We were given a lovely tour of his cattle farm and shown several of his gorgeous antique cars and trucks, then retired to his very comfy home for a BBQ that his Wife had slaved over all afternoon.

She had made a coleslaw that the Chef and I really loved and was kind enough to share the details with us that evening. Over the years, we have made this (quite possibly more than a thousand times) and God only knows what the original recipe was - but this is how we make it today and the result is finger licking good!

Wise Sesame Coleslaw

1 head of white cabbage
1 can of mandarin oranges
4 green onions
1 carrot
2 ounces peanuts (toasted -hazelnuts or macadamia's OK)
2 tablespoons sesame seeds (toasted)
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds (toasted)
2 packages chicken flavour ramen noodles (instant noodles)
A little bit of butter
Mayonnaise (you decide the amount)

It is fairly simple from here.

Shred cabbage, carrot and thinly slice green onion. Toast all nuts and seeds.
Take flavour packets out of ramen noodles and mix into mayonnaise. This is your dressing so
be as liberal or sparing as you like. (Just taste is as you make it).

Smash up the ramen noodles a little and pan fry them in the butter until they look a little
brown, then let them cool. Drain the mandarin oranges then add all ingredients together right before you serve the coleslaw saving a few of the seeds to sprinkle on top!

Obviously if you make your own mayonnaise this will take on a whole new identity - and if you want to give it a little zip, I would suggest adding a teaspoon of Franks Red Hot Sauce to the mayonnaise. In addition to this - we usually add a grilled chicken breast for a fast and tasty summer dinner!

That is all the WiseWords I have for today!
Happy Summer!



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