Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Foods of October: Cabbage

Cabbage is another food of October, and a relative of the Brussels sprout. Cabbages are ruled by the moon. Their element is water, and their energies are protection and money. The many green leaves remind one of currency, and thus make an excellent visualization tool if you’re trying to attract more money. As you consume the leaves, you can visualize taking more wealth into your life, into your bank account, etc.

Information courtesy of Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen

Lion’s Head Casserole

This is my version of a Chinese dish. Pork and cabbage together make a powerful prosperity dish. Eat this on New Year’s Day, the Chinese New Year, or any time you want to attract more money into your life.

1 lb ground pork
2 tablespoons grated ginger
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch green onions, finely sliced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 head Napa cabbage, cored
2 cups chicken broth

2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon corn starch
Black pepper to taste

Mix together the pork, green onions, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar, and pepper flakes. Form into golf ball-sized meatballs.

Take the cored cabbage and gently lower it into a pot of boiling water. Leave for 3-5 minutes to soften the leaves. Remove with tongs and place into a bowl of cold (ice) water. Remove the tough stem from the leaves and pat the leaves dry.

Take a leaf of cabbage and wrap it around a meatball. Repeat until you have wrapped all the meatballs.

Heat the oven to 350 F. Lightly oil a 9 x 13 baking dish. Place any remaining cabbage leaves on the bottom of the baking dish. Place the wrapped meatballs on top.

Mix together the other 2 T of soy sauce, corn starch and pepper with the chicken broth and pour mixture over the casserole.

Cover with foil. Bake until meatballs are done and cabbage is tender, about 45-50 minutes.


JustComment said...

This sounds really delicious. My family has the tradition of pork and saurkraut being the first thing to eat on New Years day to bring good luck. I'm not sure of the origin, but we've always done it *L*

Zedral Z said...

I posted another version of this recipe earlier on the blog. When I made it the first time, I also used mushrooms and other veggies. It was really good!