Cookery Rhymes: Here Comes A Cabbage

Here comes a cabbage with a bonnet on its head,
A pretty purple bonnet with a bow of blue and red;
And here comes a bottle with a collar ’round its neck,
A handsome linen collar, too, without a spot or speck;
Next comes a meat-saw, his job is biting beef,
And according to the cleaver he has gold in all his teeth;
And last of all there comes along, amid the ringing cheers,
A princely Indian corn-stalk with rings in both his ears.

 Musicians recognize C-A-B-B-A-G-E as the longest musical word in the English language. Cabbage a close relative to other cruciferous crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts is on the top 10 most hated by children vegetable list. Jacques (F) Cartier first brought cabbage to the Americas in 1541–42. During his fateful voyage across the Atlantic his ship became stranded in the windless area know as the Sargasso sea. After several weeks of no movement and with supplies running low, Jacques ordered his crew to consume all but one of the barrels of the cabbage aboard, thus creating his own wind and enabling him to complete his mission of playing a prank on the English colonists. While beans are the musical fruit, cabbage is the musical vegetable and if strummed properly on the guitar makes for a nice tune.

Cabbage, Corn and Beef Stew
2 ½ pounds boneless beef chuck, trimmed of excess fat and cut in 1-inch cubes
3 tbs bacon drippings or vegetable oil
1 large yellow onion, sliced
4 medium carrots, peeled and cut in 1-inch chunks
3 medium celery stalks, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 cups tasty red wine
2 quarts beef broth
1 large whole bay leaf
1 small sprig fresh rosemary
6  redskin potatoes, quartered
1 ½ cups yellow corn kernels
½ green cabbage chopped up

1. In a large pot, brown the beef in olive oil. Remove the meat and set aside. Peel and slice the onion and carrot, chop the celery. Sweat. Deglaze the pot with the wine, and the meat back into the pot and add the stock. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer. Add the bay leaf and rosemary.
2. Cook for 45 minutes, then add the potatoes. Cook for another 15-20. When the meat and potatoes are tender together add the corn and cabbage.  When the cabbage is cooked serve to your loved ones.

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