A dieter's delight and salvation, greens offer lots of healthy eating without an abundance of calories.
Also known as rosette pak choi and flat cabbage, tat soi has very thick lustrous black green leaves arranged in a rosette of regular, concentric circles, with prostrate and upright varieties. The leaves vary from flat and smooth to puckered and crepe-like. This is an attractive plant with potential as a border for flower beds and ground cover as well as a vegetable. Some authorities include tat soi in the Brassica rapa (Chinensis Group).
It has a pleasant and sweet aroma flavor like a mild mustard flavor, similar to bok choi. Tatsoi is generally eaten raw, but may be added to soups at the end of the cooking period. When tatsoi is mixed with other greens it enhances the flavor and nutritional value. Tatsoi may not be available in your regular grocery store. Specialty markets may carry it, or it can be grown from seeds, in warmer climates.
Place some soda bicarbonate open in a small shallow dish in the fridge. This will disallow odors of one dish mixing into another. Eg. Milk and guavas.
Wrap small portions of cheese, meats, rice, or condiments in greens. Even restaurants are now offering "lettuce wraps." "Blanched cabbage (boiled a few minutes in water or tomato juice to soften it) is also a good wrap,"
Speaking of cabbage, a cooked hunk sauced with a little mayonnaise is delicious; Cabbage is rich in anticancer antioxidants and bioflavinoids.
We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the special was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $1.99. "Sounds good," my wife said. "But I don't want the eggs."
"Then I'll have to charge you two dollars and forty-nine cents because you're ordering a la carte," the waitress warned her.
"You mean I'd have to pay for not taking the eggs?" my wife asked incredulously. "I'll take the special."
"How do you want your eggs?"
"Raw and in the shell," my wife replied. She took the two eggs home.
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