Cabbage Rolls – sort of!

Yesterday we picked the first cabbage of the season.


It was a beauty, weighing in at 1.873 kilos.


Jamie wanted cabbage rolls, but after a busy day that was the last thing I felt like doing. So instead I made sort-of-cabbage-rolls – all the flavour without the actual rolling!

First I made the base sauce. One large chopped onion, sautéed with a crushed clove of garlic. To this I added a can of crushed tomatoes, one can of water, a vegetable stock cube, 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon white sugar, 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika, and a cup of brown rice. I bought the mix to a boil and then left on medium for around 20 minutes.


Then came the cabbage!

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I used half as it was so big – so about 900 grams, shredded.


I added this to the sauce and simmered for about 20 minutes, I topped up with a little extra water during that time. Finally, I added a pack of vegetarian mince and simmered a further 8 minutes. We use Quorn but there are a number of different versions available. For vegans, a couple of cans of brown lentils would probably work just as well.


Jamie thought it was wonderful, the vegetarian child was impressed, and I was extremely happy I didn’t need to make lots of fiddly rolls! I thought it tasted pretty good too 🙂

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About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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12 Responses to Cabbage Rolls – sort of!

  1. Kate says:

    That’s a very impressive cabbage. Mine haven’t formed beautiful heads like that yet. I love your version of cabbage rolls too.

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  3. That is a gorgeous cabbage and great recipe, a success if it pleases all at the dinner table.

  4. oh what a beauty! I love cabbage, and it looks so fresh and crisp. yum!

  5. That’s a HUGE cabbage, I would be stoked to pick that guy. The biggest one we picked from the garden was 900g. Poor effort from us.

  6. Wow! That is a BIG cabbage!!

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