Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cole Slaw and Garden Rambling

My contribution to our 4th of July gala was cole slaw.  That's it.  Just a good, simple cole slaw.  Andrew grilled steaks and put a potato in to bake.  It was just the two of us.  Make that three of us.  I caught Oliver eyeing the steaks on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator earlier.  He likes his rare!

I've been preparing this dressing for years and have no idea where I got the recipe.  At some point, I added the dash of sesame oil.

Cole Slaw

1 small cabbage (preferably fresh from your neighbor's garden)
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp Japanese sesame oil (or more to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste

I prefer to chop the cabbage but grating is just fine.
Mix together the mayonnaise, sugar, balsamic vinegar, sesame oil, salt and pepper.
Pour over the grated cabbage, mixing well.
Cover and refrigerate.


Clematis from the garden.  The sweet little vase was a gift from my neighbor.  She filled it with tulips and trudged over one cold and snowy January for my birthday.

Ornamental ginger and autumn sedum vie for space in my "friendship" garden.  The ginger came from my friend Sheila a few summers ago.  I brought back the autumn sedum from my friend Barbara's Fond du Lac garden a few summers past as well.  The ground cover came from my neighbor's garden.

The lace cap hydrangea is filling with buds.  They'll all pop out creamy white and gradually change to a rusty pink by autumn.

Why is the bowl of the bird bath turned upside down?

Because this white "bird" with the black spots (seen casually napping under the dining room table) thinks it is his personal water fountain!!