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Old 01-22-2013, 01:43 PM   #1
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Default Home alone food- Cabbage Potato Soup

The wife is travelling on business, which means a few things.

1) I get to call it "the Man Room" instead of "the guest room" again
2) Whatever I cook, I will be eating alone. I will also be the sole person to sustain the consequences of any gastro-intestinal distress.
3) I'll be playing World of Warcraft almost non-stop


So, in reference to item #2, I have a few requirements. It must be something I dont usually get to eat, it must take only one pan or pot, it must not take very long or be very involved, and it must be very very cheap.

For the past 2 days, I have been eating cabbage potato soup, of which SWMBO will not touch. Something about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the main character being forced to eat cheap soup. Such nonsense.

Recipe (this was a throw together, so these are more guidelines than anything.)

1 head green cabbage; quartered, cored, and sliced thin.
3 Medium Idaho Russet potatoes (cubed small)
4 cups chicken stock (or two chicken bouillion cubes dissolved in 4 cups boiling water)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon carraway seed
kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Simple simple

Sweat the washed cabbage with the cubed potatoes and a little salt in a covered dry pot on medium heat until most of the liquid comes out of the cabbage. Season with cayenne, more salt (if desired), pepper and carraway before adding your stock and stirring. Re-cover half-way and cook on medium until liquid reduces by half, cabbage is soft but still retains a bit of firmness, and potatoes have creamed.

Eat with a loaf of spent-grain bread that your gay pastry chef friend was kind enough to bake for you the following week. Or make it yourself. Your call.

Pairs well with any beverage that has the word "beer" on the bottle.

Stay away from exposed flame.

Edit: Note that since I have a relatively well-stocked pantry, I spent $1.99 on the potatoes (with some left over in a small bag) and $0.39 a pound on the cabbage. Divide that cost in two for two days of eating (one dinner, one lunch) and it comes out to something like a dollar a meal.

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You are one of the true cabbage soup World of Warcraft degenerates left in this world.

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Thank you!!!

Erm... I think?

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Come on, that's so obviously a compliment.

BTW I especially enjoyed the part about your gay pastry chef friend baking spent grain bread for you. I've always wanted to try a spent grain recipe but since chewing on grain husks isn't that enjoyable (reminds me of when popcorn gets stuck in your teeth), I can't imagine the bread being that good.

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I tried making it myself, and I got a leaden rock. My friend made it, and it was reminiscent of whole grain bread from the bakery. Experience makes all the difference.

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I used to melt a stick of butter in a skillet,cut up half an onion and a couple potatoes then put a few bratts and some cabbage in with a beer and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.

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I used to melt a stick of butter in a skillet,cut up half an onion and a couple potatoes then put a few bratts in with a beer and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.
I'm with you, bud. He's got a dam good basic recipe here but lacks some sausage to take it over the top....
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I'm with you, bud. He's got a dam good basic recipe here but lacks some sausage to take it over the top....
I might have to concede your point here.
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Creamy, your soup recipe sounds good, I think it might be a little better with some meat & a couple spoonfuls of butter.
One of my favs (but not nearly as cheap) is 1/2 lb thick sliced bacon, 1/2 a head of cabbage. I like red cabbage, but green works just as well. Fry up the bacon in a skillet. Slice cabbage in roughly 1/2 wide slices. Add the cabbage to the bacon in the skillet when the bacon is about 1/2 done. Be sure to keep it moving & get the cabbage all coated with the bacon grease. Season to taste with black pepper. If using red cabbage, it's done when the cabbage turns blue. Goes great with beer & serves 2.
Regards, GF.

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Next on my list of soups to try making.

Oh, but come on, man, you need to step up to Guild Wars 2! WoW is SO 5 years ago!

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