I don't imagine there'll be many recipes on this page - seeing as how much I dislike coleslaw!
Nigel Slater's Classic Coleslaw
Makes quite a hefty bowl full.
I'm not a great fan of coleslaw, particularly those slimy buckets of shredded carpet sold at your local Fucking Supermarket™,
but I was encouraged by Nigel Slater's enthusiastic promotion of this
and his promise of ingenious ways to defeat the slime.
But it is
better than commercial versions.
- ¼ white cabbage, thinly shredded
- ¼ red cabbage, thinly shredded
- 2 carrots, grated
- ½ onion , thinly sliced
- 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- lemon juice or vinegar
- sour cream/yoghurt/crème fraîche
Finely shred a quarter of a white cabbage, the same of red, half a sweet onion and a couple of medium carrots.
Scatter a little salt over them, then leave them in a colander on a plate.
After an hour, discard any juice that may have run out and squeeze the vegetables gently.
Make the dressing with 6 tbsp of mayonnaise and 2 tsp of grain mustard.
(If you wish to add a spoonful of soured cream or thick yogurt or crème fraîche, do it now.)
Add chopped parsley, a dash of lemon juice or vinegar and then any bells and whistles that appeal. Enough for 4.
Don't try to make this more than a few hours ahead of time, or the cabbage will take on the slimy note prevalent in ready-made versions.
To be interesting it needs the contrast between creamy mayonnaise and crisp vegetables.
To get your cabbage really crisp shred it thinly, then soak it for 20 minutes in cold water before draining and salting.
My favourite version uses vinaigrette, not mayo, and pomegranate seeds.
Smoked almonds, capers, apples, toasted pecans and sunflower and pumpkin seeds are all worthwhile add-ons.
I introduce a modicum of heat with radishes
or a layer of crunch with shredded celeriac or paper-thin slices of mouli.
Kohlrabi can find a home here, too.
Crushed juniper berries will add a Nordic freshness.