This recipe is one of my favorites, and we make it quite often. I first tasted this dish in a cozy, small Ethiopian restaurant we often visited - and that sadly no longer exists. The recipe below is my own version with some modifications to the typical Ethiopian recipe - but it is still quite similar to the traditional one. I have added chickpeas for some protein, as we often eat this as a main dish; but if you serve this as a side dish instead, feel free to leave them out.
Ethiopian Cabbage Stew
- 1,5 tbsp vegan margarine (you can use olive oil)
- 1 yellow or red onion, chopped or thinly sliced
- 4 medium carrots, thinly sliced
- 1/2 head of small cabbage, chopped into 1 inch pieces
- 4 medium potatoes, cubed
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1 tsp turmeric
- pinch curry powder (optional)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 c water
- 1 c cooked chickpeas
- 2 green chilies, seeded and chopped into small pieces
- salt, pepper and soy sauce (optional; to taste)
This is a perfect dish on a cold day - and very easy to make, too. Tomorrow, I have another cake recipe to share. I know I said no more cakes for a while, but my friend requested one - and what can you do? ;)
Tonight, I leave you with these flexible Yoga Bears from Finland. I have always been fascinated by bears and think they are extremely interesting and intelligent animals; and for this reason, I usually find it deeply saddening to see them in a zoo (not to mention as dancing bears, in bear farms or dog fights!!!). I specially remember visiting the zoo in Washington DC when I was very young, and the image of the naturally curious and intelligent sloth bear walking apathetically back and forth in his tiny, extremely depressing living area still haunts me. I haven't visited that zoo for years, and I hope it was just a temporary cage. Unfortunately, I can't say that the bears in the Copenhagen Zoo seem to have much better living spaces; but some zoos I have visited in Finland and Sweden - outside the capital cities - thankfully seem to have slightly larger and more natural habitants for their animals.
Sad thoughts aside, these bears truly seem to know their yoga poses! :) Apparently, it was an old female bear, Santra, who invented the stretching ritual years ago, and has since then taught the poses to her cubs - and now their cubs! See the other pictures here.