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.