Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Food News / One ingredient / Recipes / Salad / Side dish / Vegetarian / Vegan Jan 17, 2013 Coleslaw, Back on the Table SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Coleslaw is a side for all seasons. It’s the traditional accompaniment for backyard summer barbeques, sitting pretty beside burgers, ribs and potato salad. Come winter, when cabbages are plentiful and summer vegetables a distant memory, coleslaw becomes the perfect in-season salad. I am a fairly recent fan of coleslaw. I usually always asked for salad, not slaw, as a side. In my opinion, the customary ice cream scoopfuls of creamy cabbage and carrots have given coleslaw a bad name. Coleslaw is so much more than a mayonnaise salad. Its roots are not even based in a creamy tradition; koolsla or koolsalade, the Dutch term for cabbage salad from which sprung the modern day coleslaw, was prepared well before mayonnaise was invented in the 18th century. Early Dutch settlers along the Hudson River introduced the dish to North America and, well, the rest is history. Coleslaw recipes are unique, with a variety of regional versions. Modern-day dressings range from ketchup and vinegar for barbeque slaw in North Carolina to Montreal’s simple, but oh-so-popular, oil and vinegar. You can add your own flare with smoked paprika, chipotle mayo, blue cheese dressing or cumin and mustard seeds. And of course, there’s the standby dressing found in many North American delis of mayonnaise and buttermilk, with a hint of vinegar. Two factors have supported my growing preference for slaw; its regular appearance on my kitchen table (my husband is a big fan) and its reinvention in local restaurants. I guess the more cabbage you eat, the more you like it. Thanks to our local food box, we always have cabbage in the house. Green, purple or savoy, cabbage is the perfect base for any slaw. Add a dash of apple cider vinegar, vegetable oil, a touch of sugar and I’m in coleslaw heaven. Credit the rise of in-season fare or southern cooking, but local restaurants are embracing slaw and serving it in abundance. Some, like Victoria’s Red Fish, Blue Fish, add a dash of sesame oil and seeds to their cabbage, while others, like Pig BBQ Joint, serve up a creamy version to go along with their fried chicken and ribs. Simply conduct a coleslaw survey of your local establishments and you’ll quickly see the range of flavours the modest cabbage salad can offer. A winter side of slaw doesn’t quite transport me to a summer backyard drenched in sunshine, but it does put a smile on my face. And, I always ask for a second serving. — By: Kelsey Singbeil Classic coleslaw8 cups (2 L) shredded cabbage1-1/4 tsp (6 mL) salt3 cups (750 mL) grated carrots1/2 red onion, thinly sliced1/3 cup (75 mL) white vinegar2 tbsp (30 mL) vegetable oil4 tsp (18 mL) granulated sugar1 tsp (5 mL) dry mustard1/2 tsp (2 mL) celery seeds1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh parsley PreparationIn large bowl, toss cabbage with 1 tsp (5 mL) of the salt. In separate bowl, toss together carrots, onion and remaining salt. Let both stand for 1 hour. In colander, drain cabbage. By handfuls, squeeze out excess moisture and return cabbage to bowl. Add undrained carrots and onion; toss to combine. Whisk together vinegar, oil, sugar, mustard and celery seeds; toss with cabbage mixture and parsley. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.)Source : Canadian Living Magazine: June 2009 cabbagecoleslawrecipeSalad SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Main course / Recipes February 2, 2019 Fragrant Rice and Chicken Curry Recipe From the 2019 January | February Issue Serves 6-8 A combination of spicy, salty and savoury with just a touch of sweet, a good curry is one of my ... Read More Dessert / Recipes / Sponsored February 26, 2018 DIY Blueberry & Lemon Curd Shortcakes in a Jar Are you in need of some inspiration? Foods in a jar just seem to taste better, after all we do eat with our eyes first. 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