Kicking In The New Year By Punting Some Cabbage

Looking for wealth in the new year?  Punt a head of cabbage into the entry way of your house from the front porch and you could be rolling in the green stuff.

I have no idea if kicking a head of cabbage will really bring money but it’s a New Year’s Day tradition handed down from my grandmother.  Eating cabbage soup everyday for dinner eventually brought wealth to Charlie in the movie, Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.

My grandmother never made millions but there was always that hope when she threw the cabbage in the air, aimed at the open door and connected with the veggie round ball.

Never one to waste food, she cooked the cabbage she kicked for even better luck.  I made some sweet and sour cole slaw with ours today.  My daughter said, “Ewww, you used a dirty cabbage in your slaw?”  Well yes.  It’s not like cooking with roadkill or anything.

Sweet and Sour “Roadkill” Cabbage
1 head green cabbage (washed and outer leaves peeled – I’m not a total barbarian)
1 carrot, peeled
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon sugar or honey
1 Teaspoon Grainy Mustard
1/4 Teaspoon Celery Seed
Salt and Black Pepper to taste
Shred cabbage, carrot and red pepper.  Mix olive oil, vinegar, mustard, sugar or honey, celery seed, salt and pepper to make dressing.  Toss together and refrigerate for a few hours before eating.  One word of warning.  I’m one of those cooks who uses a dash of this and a pinch of that.  In other words, the test kitchen was me.

Even though there’s a chance that the only green stuff you’ll be rolling in will be shattered cabbage leaves, it won’t hurt to kick some cabbage.  May wealth find you this new year and may you not find a shoe print or high heel in your slaw.

4 thoughts on “Kicking In The New Year By Punting Some Cabbage

  1. I guess kicking a cabbage may work- but my old Irish tradition is maybe a bit tastier! Corned beef & cabbage cooked with some Irish potatoes should bring you health, wealth and happiness in the new year! Good wishes ,Terri to you and your family. Sorry we missed you @ Chris &kristi’s party. Sure hope you are feeling better! Next time (: and thanks for making me laugh out loud with all your clever blogs!

    • I was sooo disappointed that I did not see you during your stay here. Corned Beef & cabbage was a staple on New Years at my house. Hoping it brings you good luck this year. Have fun on your travels!

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