Finally, summer has decided to reappear here in Sheffield and along with the summer comes the desire to eat salads. A few years ago my good friend Anne Brand said to me “once you have made your own coleslaw you will never buy one from the shops again”. At the time I thought she was mad as we love a good coleslaw but Oh My she is soooo right!!! I have taken the recipe she suggested and merged it with a Nigella one and this is the result. The recipe is blindingly simple but this year I have had so many people ask for the recipe I decided to share on here.
Ingredients – (to serve 4/5 with left overs)
White Cabbage – half
Carrot(s) – one large one or a couple of smaller ones.
Onion – 1. (I usually prefer red for the visual effect, spring onions are fine, even plain white onions are OK if it is all that you have)
You will notice that all the ingredient amounts are all a bit vague. (I understand if this frustrates you – I would much prefer to have specific amounts but this recipe really does need you to decide what you prefer!
- Shred/ Slice the cabbage, best done using a big and sharp knife. Cut the cabbage into quarters and then cut the core out from each quarter. Finely slice. f you don’t like long slices of cabbage then keep rotating the cabbage and slicing from different angles.
- Use a vegetable peeler to “peel” and entire carrot or 2. Keep turning the carrot in your hand to get even slices. Again, if you don’t like long strands in your coleslaw peel the top half first and then turn it around and do the other end.
- If using an onion, top and tail, quarter and finely slice. If using spring onions you obviously don’t need to quarter them.
- If adding sultanas add a handful.
- Mix well. Personally, at this point I use my hands (quicker and easier!)
- Add a good splodge of mayo and a good splodge of salad cream – about the same size. Do not be sparing, you will almost certainly need more than you think you do!
- Add a good teaspoon of mustard.
- Mix well until all strands of the vegetables are covered with the sauce.
- Taste. You are looking for creamy, moreish, slightly tangy taste.
- More than likely you will need to add more mayo/ and or salad cream.
- Repeat 9 & 10 until you are happy.
This amazing cake is so delicious and moist and yet is cooked in a Microwave??!! Now, before you back away from the recipe shaking your head in horror – please, please give it a go. It just doesn’t taste at all like its been cooked in the microwave. Honestly!
The main product used for this is a brand new one which is coming out in March (2015!) and is going to be fondly called the “baby Rockcrok” (or officially the 1.9ltr Rockcrok Casserole). It may be that the Rockcrok actually helps in making this taste like it wasn’t cooked in a microwave – I haven’t tried it in anything else to compare it. If, however, you try it out and don’t have (yet!) a Rockcrok please do let me know how it goes.
175g dark soft brown sugar, divided
2 tablespoons water
100g pecan halves, divided
200g trimmed and peeled carrots (prepared weight)
150g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
150ml sunflower oil
- Melt butter, 50g of the sugar and water in baby Rockcrok (1.9lt) on hob over medium heat 3-5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and mixture begins to bubble, stirring continuously. Remover Casserole from heat. Cool for 2 minutes.
- Starting on the outside edge of the casserole, carefully place about 85g of the pecans upside down, close together in a circular patter, in brown sugar mixture. Set aside. Coarsely chop remaining pecans using Food Chopper; set aside.
- Grate carrots using Microplane Adjustable Coarse Grater into Classic Batter Bowl. Add remaining sugar, flour baking powder, cinnamon, mixed spice, orange zest (easiest tool for this is the Microplane Zester) and chopped pecans to the grated carrot.
- In Small Batter Bowl, whisk eggs and oil together using Stainless Whisk. Pour egg mixture into the carrot mixture; mix until well combined using Small Mix ‘N Scraper. Spoon mixture into Casserole and level surface.
- Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 7-9 minutes or until cake tester or wooden cocktail stick comes out clean when inserted into centre of sponge (the top will look quite moist and sides shrunken slightly away). Remove cake from microwave to Stackable Cooling Rack. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Carefully invert cake onto serving plate. Serve warm (with or without cream!) or cold.
Microwave cooking times are tested using 900w microwave oven. Please adjust according to suit your microwave oven.