Radical Recipes presents one of the most purple (Si Se Puede) dishes to ever arrive on your plate: Spicy Cabbage. Now this recipe, may not look so appetising when it's finished, but believe me when I tell you that in the last 17 years I've been cooking this dish, it's been one of the most scrumptious and requested dishes from relatives, friends, enemies and even customers. People just seem to love it.
Is it for the political connotations of the colour? Maybe...or maybe because of the story behind the dish... read on for a history and cooking instructions.
The History of Spicy Cabbage and the Walk-a-about
Today’s special purple dish comes from the very heart of Spain.
And when I say heart, I mean the old Visigoth capital itself - Toledo. I was living there back in 97 when I met a guy called Cecilio who had spent much of his youth - as have so many youngsters today - outside the country in search of work.
Cecilo and family emigrated to Australia in the 50’s and it was there that he grew up. As an adult though, he returned to the family home town of Toledo, but he brought with him some of his most interesting recipes.
One day, he took me out to his patch of land on the outskirts of Toledo - a spot reminiscent of films I'd seen of aborigines on their walkabout - bleak and featureless with little protection from wind or sun.
Out there, in the middle of our walk-a-about, Cecilio heaved a few rocks together and lit a fire. Then placing an old grill across the stones he started cooking...and this was what he taught me:
Purple Instructions and Ingredients: Yes You Can!
Finally, a word of warning.
Don't make too little of it! Cook it in abundance, because I guarantee that if its not all eaten up immediately, by the following day when the spices have been absorbed in more, it will disappear even quicker.
Secondly, as much as people may turn up their nose when they first see it, ( bah, they'll say, thats rabbit food) - they'll be asking for a second plate once they've tried it. I promise you.