Tuesday, 15 March 2011

From inside the box

He shook his head sharply in the hope that it might dislodge some salient fact which would fall into place and make sense of an otherwise utterly bewildering Universe, but since the salient fact, if there was one, entirely failed to do this, he set off up the road again, hoping that a good vigorous walk, and maybe even some good painful blisters, would help to reassure him of his own existence at least, if not his sanity.
So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams

Hello!! I have been floating around on another planet but tonight I have briefly touched down to give you a post (and a recipe!!!) and just say, well, there is some big stuff happening soon which is all terribly exciting but terribly scary at the same time but you'll have to wait.


For the last few weeks I've been getting a fruit and veggie box from
Ooooby (you can see Moira's posts about Ooooby here) which has been really cool because not only does it save me trips to the shops where I ultimately end up buying the same thing every week but it has also led me to try things I don't normally cook with. My goal each week is to finish the box and try everything. It's not a very hard goal but it's fun!

Anyway, each week they include a piece of paper that tells you where everything is from and if it's organic or whatever. They also include a few recipes which normally I ignore because I'm not very good with recipes but one week they included a red cabbage in my box and I had no idea what to do with it so I thought I'd give the recipe a try...and was pleasantly surprised! Perhaps I should do it more often!

Cabbage, Avocado and Pear Slaw
I ought to say here that this is not quite the recipe that was included because, well...but it is pretty much the same.

Sesame Dressing
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil (or rice bran oil but I used olive oil so therefore that's what I've put!)
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp sesame oil
Salt and pepper (which I think I might have forgotten to put in but I can't remember now

2-3 cups (approx) finely shredded red cabbage (or sort of chopped as thin as I could be bothered if you are like me)
1 pear, cored and sliced
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 avocado, peeled, de-seeded and sliced

Make the dressing by whisking all the ingredients together and set aside. Toss all the salad ingredients together, pour over the dressing and serve.

You might not want all of the dressing but it is quite nice! The slaw is quite good
on the side with almost anything but even better with slices of fried tofu on top.


  1. Ooh, can't wait to hear your exciting big news. And that salad looks awesome - pear, apple, avocado and red cabbage? Yum!

    Chia seeds, on their own, taste a bit like flax seeds/linseeds - kind of like not much. But I guess the nutrients are more accessible when they've been soaked, so although the goo tastes like nothing, it's a better way to eat them. It's really very innocuous - to eat alone, it mightn't be very nice, but it disappears in a bowl of granola and smoothies.

  2. That looks great!

    I need to investigate fruit & veggie boxes here because they are such a good idea.

  3. Hey guess what! I don't have to wait! :P *hugs*

    Thank you so much for your email! As you'll see from the post I just put up, my life has been a bit crazy lately too, and so I've really behind with emails. I'll try to write back soon, but I also need to... what's that thing? Sleep. And stop freaking out all the time. And sleep.

    And tell you you're awesome and your big news is TOTALLYEXCITINGNOTSCARY :P

    P.S. I like cabbage.

  4. Exciting news!?!? Oooohhh.. suspense, I look forward to hearing it. :)

    I always mean to look into a veggie box, but I never quite get around to it. I am such a control freak, I like to know exactly what I am getting. LOL. Plus they always seem to have lots of capsicums, which would just go to waste.

    In other news, I will be spending a half day in Auckland in June, and I am trusting you to direct me to the best places to stuff my face. Please guide me, oh great New Zealand vegan!

    Now, about that news... ;)

  5. That slaw looks AMAZING. With apples/pears gets a major thumbs up in my book, and all that purple is just so pretty :)
    [confession: sometimes I deliberately make my meals match my outfit. Today, I'm wearing purple, so this would be ideal right now hahaha]

  6. I love how vibrant and colourful that salad is :)

    oooh and thanks for the tip re bookdepository :) I discovered them a while back and have been loving the free postage!!!