RDP: Cabbage

Boiled Cabbage Smells Bad

Savoy cabbage. This is my favourite type of cabbage.

When I was a child there was an advertisement on TV, probably for air freshener. Mum is cooking dinner and dad comes home. “Are you cooking cabbage?” , “Yes, how did you know?” “The whole street knows!”

Well, that was a bit rude but it was the sixties and it was meant to be funny. Anyway, my point is boiling cabbage was what we used to do and boiled cabbage stinks. I know this for a fact because that’s how mum cooked it.

I don’t think I was a very fussy eater but I hated that boiled cabbage, white, soggy and with a nasty taste. Mum had to coax me to eat it.

Many years later as an adult, I discovered coleslaw. I love coleslaw. Raw cabbage was fine to eat, actually I prefer it to lettuce especially these curly Savoy cabbages. I have made coleslaw at home although I find the chopping and shredding tedious. I also learned that you can cook cabbage without turning it into a soggy mess but to this day I rarely eat it cooked.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Visiting a friend one day for lunch, I watched her throw chunky-chopped cabbage and carrots into her blender, add water to cover, and process it on GRATE or CHOP. Then into the colander for a good drain-out and the job is done. Wow — perfectly grated! From then on I’ve made cole slaw using her quick and easy way.

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