A quick dish of cabbage with toasted coconut plus our visit to Marc Michel’s Organic Life farm

September 22, 2011

Cabbage with toasted coconut and lime

Thank goodness it’s (nearly) Friday. The daily routine of up and down to work and school has proved exhausting this week. I’m wrecked! Being 5 and half months pregnant is NOT helping, I’m just so tired these days and I still have at least another 4 months to go! Sorry about the rant but the reason I bring it up is because this week’s recipe takes about 10 minutes to prepare which is about the limit timewise of what I can spend in front of the cooker most of the time most evenings. Peppers diced up quite finely and fried up with finely shredded green cabbage in coconut oil then tossed with toasted coconut. Tasty, satisfying yet nice and light. It’s not really a full meal although with a bowl of brown rice you’re nearly there and it makes a great snack at any time of the day. It would make a great add on to any Indian meal and Paul suggested serving it with some chicken or tofu satay which I can totally see working. Now if I can just get him on the case…

A quick dish of cabbage with toasted coconut                                      Cabbage

You’ll need:

Coconut (or vegetable) oil

2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 green ramiro style pepper or 1/2 bell pepper finely diced

1 red ramiro pepper or 1/2 bell pepper finely diced

1/2 long red chili very finely diced

1 medium onion finely diced

1/2 head green cabbage  finely shredded

4 heaped tablespoons desiccated coconut

Salt and pepper

To serve: A few wedges of lime

Heat a tablespoon coconut oil in a wok. Throw in the cumin seeds and toss quickly then add the peppers, onions and chili.

Peppers in the wok

Toss until the vegetables are nicely softened. Add the cabbage

Peppers with cabbage in the wok

Keep tossing until it has wilted and reduced in volume by about a third. Toast the coconut on a dry pan until it turns golden.This will happen quickly (about 20 seconds should do it) so keep a close eye on things. Stir about 3/4 of the coconut through the cabbage and sprinkle the rest on top.

Marc Michel Organic Life

On the face of it the timing of our walk on Marc Michel’s farm last Saturday wasn’t great. Paul and I had been out the night before and as usual hadn’t had nearly enough sleep. It turns out it was the perfect antidote. The weather man had warned of storms but the day turned out to be pretty good for the most part although we did have to make a run for it towards the end of the walk. Many thanks to all those who came along – it was great to meet you all. Here are some snaps from the day….

We met up in Marc’s recently reopened farm shop where you can also buy some of his lovely food.

Menu at Marc Michel's organic life shop

Marc gave us some tea and we had some blueberry, almond and orange cake that I had made with the kids beforehand..

Blueberry, almond and orange cake

We headed off and saw the gorgeous flowers Marc’s been growing….


Marc Michel in a field of flowers

Then we saw some veg! Cucumbers, courgettes and of course those amazing tomatoes……..

Cucumber   Vine tomatoesCourgettes

There was lots of chatting and Marc answered everyone’s questions..

Chatting on the farm


Tasting a tomatoAnd the kids had a ball. Auggie and Guilia played in the dirt ………….

       ………….while Dan grabbed a tractor!

All in all, a brilliant way to spend the afternoon. Many,many thanks to everyone on the farm for making the walk so enjoyable.

6 Responses to “A quick dish of cabbage with toasted coconut plus our visit to Marc Michel’s Organic Life farm”

  1. Margaretg Says:

    Looks lovely Sarah sorry could not make it was soo tired and am not 5 months pregnAnt

    I love spicy cabbage stir fried with poached eggs for weekend brunch

    Slow roasted my 3 k of toms I ordered and made a great lentil soup with the juice I was left with froze a few and having thx family for brunch tomorrow

  2. Dani Says:

    Visit looks like great fun – so sorry I missed it

  3. Sara Says:

    Hi Sarah, I had no idea you were pregnant – congratulations!! Good luck with everything

  4. Morning Says:

    lovely photo shots, organic farm is a way to learn about quality dining, love your dish on top.

    Happy Saturday.

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