It is a cold day in the forties today. It is rainy and windy and later today I have to go out to the last farmers market of the season. To fortify myself I decided I needed soup for lunch. Since I didn't feel like going out to the garden to pick anything I made Chinese cabbage soup with the rest of the head of cabbage.
I first looked online for a recipe, but they all seemed to be missing something or called for ingredients that I didn't have. So I just made something up that seemed right. I love it when a plan works.
- T oil
- 1/4 c diced onion (maybe, it was a small onion from the garden)
- 1 1/2t grated garlic (yes I grate my garlic with a microplane grater)
- 1 t grated ginger (and my ginger too)
- 1/2 lb ground pork or ground turkey
- 2 T soy sauce
- t toasted sesame oil
- 2T brandy (I didn't have rice wine or sherry)
- 2 T seasoned rice vinegar (because it is the kind I have)
- T sugar
- 4 c chicken broth
- 2 bunching onions (because I found them in my fridge after already frying up the others and more onions are always better)
- 12 oz Chinese cabbage (I think. It really is a guess as to how much.)
Do I really have to tell you to heat the oil in a pan and saute the onions until translucent then add the garlic and ginger? My recipe cards tend not to have this step. I break the ingredients out into brackets and don't even say what to do with them. Well anyway, after cooking the above for 30 seconds I added the meat and cooked until brown. Then I threw in the brandy then the rest of the seasonings. I stirred it up then added the broth and bunching onions. While it was simmering (about four minutes - maybe - no promises). I chopped up the Chinese cabbage. First I separated the middle stalk part that is thick and chopped it 1/8" thick. OK I tried to chop it 1/8" thick but most of them ended up thicker. I tossed them into the pot. Then I chopped up the leafy part about 1/4" thick. I was better at that. After a few minutes I tossed those in. I let it come to a good boil and took it off the heat.
Lets just say it was really yummy. Sometimes my experiments don't work out. Sometimes they do. I consider this one a success.