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Culinary Creativity Strikes Again

I shared at the beginning of the year that I tend to hoard food in my pantry and the freezer. Back in January, I had several containers and packages of "mystery meals" that I was able to get through, as I was cooking often as RGD was staying with me after his heart surgery.

I actually got a good handle on the situation, knowing everything that was in the freezer, and able to see what was in there. But after he was able to fend for himself and went back home, I found myself eating out more often, even though I was buying more to restock a half-filled freezer.

Tonight, I decided to throw something in a pot. It is one of my favorite styles of cooking. Even though some might think this more of a winter meal, it suited me just fine. I have enough to put in a container to share, as well as have some leftovers for myself. I do not mind eating this more than once.

I started with a half package of chopped onions and a package of shredded cabbage I bought the other day, and sauteed it in a bit of olive oil. As it was cooking, I thought about cabbage rolls, though I did not have the ingredients for them, nor did I want to spend the time making them.

I rummaged through my cabinets for the jar of sauerkraut, and a can of diced tomatoes, and added them to the pot, as I would make my cabbage rolls. Black pepper, a tablespoon of raw turbinado sugar, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and two bay leaves were stirred into the pot.

I was missing the smoky scent of bacon I usually have, and I remembered a small Black Forest ham I had in the freezer. I put it in the pot and cooked it in the sauerkraut mixture until it was thawed and I could cut it into chunks, and continue cooking it in the pot.

It is not cabbage rolls. It is not a summer-style soup. But it sure is delicious! I am looking forward to having it in a day or two, when the flavors will be more concentrated. I think I will boil some potatoes tomorrow to serve on the side.

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rescuegal wrote on June 27, 2015, 8:10 AM

I hate to cook, but I love to have meals that I can eat on all week long. It looks delicious.

msiduri wrote on June 27, 2015, 9:59 AM

That's quite well thought out and planned.

morilla wrote on June 27, 2015, 10:41 AM

When I cook, that's the way I tend to do it; i.e., mix and match pieces of this and that. Sometimes it works out pretty good and other times, let's just say it won't be made exactly that way again.

CoralLevang wrote on June 27, 2015, 11:13 AM

I used to love to cook, but that has changed the last decade. Thanks for the compliment.

CoralLevang wrote on June 27, 2015, 11:14 AM

msiduri I think that's funny you say that because nothing I do is planned when I cook like this. emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on June 27, 2015, 11:14 AM

morilla You're speaking my language. I cannot tell you about all the failures. LOL

MegL wrote on June 27, 2015, 1:58 PM

That certainly sounds tasty and it looks delicious. Some of the best meals are those made from "this and that". They ought to sell packets of "this and that" in the shops!

xstitcher wrote on June 27, 2015, 2:07 PM

Your method reminds me of a friend of mine. His mother cooked for large groups a lot, so when I went to his house and we had dinner it was often a frozen meal from leftovers that his Mom had from making a meal for someone's event. ;)

CoralLevang wrote on June 27, 2015, 2:20 PM

Thanks, MegL . "This and that" home-style cooking. My mother was that kind of a cook. I used to ask her for her recipes, wanting exact amounts, but her answer was always, "Watch me." She used to read cookbooks, but except for baking and an occasional special recipe, she threw stuff in pots or casserole dishes. She was the youngest of 10 children, born in the 1930s. She had 5 children of her own. She knew how to extend a meal like nobody else.

CoralLevang wrote on June 27, 2015, 2:21 PM

xstitcher Yep, it sure sounds familiar given my upbringing (see above comment reply to MegL).

cmoneyspinner wrote on June 27, 2015, 4:08 PM

Looks tasty and I love easy recipes. Shared this in my networks. You're keeping up with the 2015 food trends. Eating fermented foods like sauerkraut is encouraged.

CoralLevang wrote on June 27, 2015, 4:17 PM

I have always loved sauerkraut, though not right out of the jar. Thank you for your support and sharing! Hope all is well in your world, cmoneyspinner !