MEAT FREE MONDAY

 Cole’s Law: Thinly sliced cabbage … 

I’ve had some strong cravings lately; notably vinegary tastes, like my oriental coleslaw and rollmops. With a fridge choc-a-block full of weekend leftovers, and a looming deadline, I left Mister Taylor to see to his own supper and decided – for once – to observe Meat Free Monday and indulged in a three-course meal for myself. 

First up; red cabbage salad with tangerine, cucumber, cashew nuts and chilli; with a dressing of sugar, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar and Verlaque’s sweet basil infused olive oil.

My ‘main course’ was a rollmop with a potato boiled in vegetable broth. In my hunt for rollmops to satisfy my craving on Saturday, I enquired at our local Spar and the store manager led me to the cleaning isle. Embarrassed on his behalf, I bought a broom and left, crestfallen at my failed mission. My husband later found a jar of the elusive little herring at another store; just three in the jar, and what a delight they’ve been.

Small plates, you say? But of course; I had to tackle a large slice of Nigella’s hefty cake! I take back everything nasty I said about her yesterday, this cake really is worth the irritation I experienced while making it.

But now back to work, my deadline’s a day closer and – if she’s reading this – my publisher will scold me for wasting time. I hope she likes my newfound habit of using em dashes – I’m growing very fond of them 😉

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61 Comments Add yours

  1. u cheat w all these delectables and your easy-sway reading audience – ME!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sorry, Doc, would you like a piece of cake? 😉

  2. Sounds delicious! – and, Cindy – I’ve been using the wonderful “-” for ages. Next – you must start using the beautiful – (and one of my favorite conceits) – the elipsis . . .Also, don’t forget about the lovely parnethetical phrase (another favorite).

    1. theonlycin says:

      To paraphrase Boy George, comma comma comma chameleon … 😉

      1. Commas? Oh, yeah – that, too. . .

      2. theonlycin says:

        “Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few lines farther on, and it is like climbing a steep path through woods and seeing a wooden bench just at a bend in the road ahead, a place where you can expect to sit for a moment, catching your breath.” Lewis Thomas

  3. adeeyoyo says:

    The salad sounds scrumptious, Cin, but I have never fancied rollmops. Nigella’s cake – well…!!! 😀

    I have always used a lot of dashes which I prefer in place of brackets. But I am finding I have to control myself not to over-use them!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Part of my brief is to mark up em dashes in the manuscript, I only recently learned how to do this and saved myself a lot of work; previously I’d try to edit them out 😉

  4. That was a dashing post – indeed.

    that salad is a delight two ways, visually and edible

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ain’t it pretty?

  5. What a decadent dinner!
    Happy dashing – I wouldn’t be without them.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Have a great day, Mandy xxx

  6. Glad the cake turned out tasty 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Quite smashing really, Kate 🙂

  7. earlybird says:

    Glad to hear the cake was good. Good to know that one of her recipes works! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, one for the books, as they say 😉

  8. Tandy says:

    I have just discovered I like roll mops! Have a good working day xxx

  9. Madmom says:

    I abuse dashes – can’t live without them – but do try.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Also starting to abuse ’em ;p

  10. Nzwaa says:

    Now you have an extra broom tee hee! I thought the cake was for the film crew.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nope, finished with the film crew 🙂

  11. Supa says:

    I can’t do roll-mops, visually nasty! The salad and the cake are another story.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yep, they aren’t very pretty, but I love them 🙂

  12. souldipper says:

    A thorn between two roses – dem damn rollmops.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Seems the world is divided, either love them or hate them 🙂

  13. Your salad looks divine!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, I bumped into your wife in the village when I went to buy my cabbage 🙂

  14. Tilly Bud says:

    I was just going to say that! It really does look divine. Not sure about the rollmops; not my thing at all.

    Loved the story of you buying a mop!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Morning Tilly 😀

  15. Liane says:

    What finesse – buying a broom not to embarrass him. If it was me you probably would have left with a broom too haha. I’ve never seen (or heard of) those odd looking ‘thingies’. The salad looks colorful – though adventurous on the taste buds by the sound of the ingredients – the cake? DIVINE! Hope you meet your deadline with ease!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s going rather well, Lee, I think I’ll get it in ahead of time.

  16. You seemed to be the only one who actually took on my challenge!!! Everyone else was either a sissy, or me!!
    Looks so delicious! So it is a winner??? And I need to try it?? What time can I come for tea girl?
    Xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      I doubt I’ll make it again, bokkie. Sorry, none left ;p

  17. Naomi says:

    LOL! Missed your mouth-watering posts, Cindy – not just the delicious photo’s, but the humour 😀 Rather like those dashes too, and the image of you among the mops! I hope Mister Taylor didn’t suffer a temporary identity crisis…and good luck with those deadlines!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Seems the deadline will be a doddle, Naomi 🙂 Nice to see you again.

  18. ProChef360 says:

    So colourful. WOW

    Matthew

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you for your visit, Matthew.

  19. slpmartin says:

    The salad looks absolutely perfect to me.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Charlie, good morning 🙂

  20. My husband is drooling over your rollmop. He loves pickled herring. I, on the other hand, am drooling over the salad and, of course, the cake. Delicious looking salad, Cindy. Blessings…

    1. theonlycin says:

      So you’d both have been satisfied at my table, then 🙂

      1. theonlycin says:

        Oh, Carol, I thought you may like to know that yours was the 17 000th comment on my blog 🙂

  21. bb(adair) says:

    I found rollmops at Woolworths on Sunday.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, adair, good to know 😀

  22. I love sushi, yet I cannot get rollmops down my throat. Your salad looks lovely. And the cake…well I have gained a few kg’s just looking at it 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Your wedding cake 😉

  23. nrhatch says:

    I could dive into that salad . . . then make a DASH for the cake ~ without pausing for a rollmop. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Now why did I just know that you would say something like that? 😉

  24. I guess I should have tried my daughter in law’s cake. I have no idea why I didn’t. Fish though, noooooooooo. Your salad looks great and yummy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Maybe she’ll bake another one soon 😉

  25. libraryscene says:

    that salad is my kind of dish…I’m so going to try and recreate sometime, perfect for summer 🙂 (btw, ’tis so pretty, too)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I find it very easy on the eye 🙂

  26. Now that does look like my sorta food (& I’m glad the cake was worth all the hassle)

    1. Oh yes, meant to mention – love the colours in that salad, its brilliant 🙂

      1. theonlycin says:

        Thanks Chef, very flattered 😀

    2. theonlycin says:

      I’m glad I persevered and made the cake, done it now; won’t again 🙂

  27. gospelwriter says:

    That salad looks heavenly and just what I need right now – ok, off to buy ingredients as soon as I finish cleaning out my fridge (from which task I’ve been taking a longish break to read friends’ blogs).

    1. theonlycin says:

      hahaha, isn’t it something when blogging gets in the way of shopping 😀

  28. Jamie Dedes says:

    Wow! Doesn’t the color of the cabbage and the tangine just make the eye happy and the mouth water. Fabulous!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, I was well pleased with that salad 🙂

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