Portuguese cabbage soup Caldo Verde

Many national dishes have humble origins and are unlikely to grace any fancy recipe book next to gastronomic courses with noble products.

With water, potato and this cabbage the northern Portuguese made Caldo Verde, green broth, and Portuguese all over the world still eat it with pleasure and as an antidote against homesickness.

Most people are poor and have been poor over the centuries and these people did their best with what was available.

The Dutch, for instance, eat kale and endive as vegetables while elsewhere these greens are only good to feed cattle.

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Cabbage curry

A had some leftover cabbage, Chinese cabbage from a stir-fry and green cabbage I had used with a soup and a quail instead of the kale I had wanted.
Cabbage is a healthy vegetable – it is low in fat and calories, high in nutrients and vitamins (C and K) and helps reduce bad cholesterol. I read somewhere that cabbage is the Chinese secret for everlasting youthfulness, but I do not believe in that, if only because not all Chinese remain youthful for ever…
However, cabbage is rather boring.

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Stuffed quail in cabbage

Quail is a festive and easy kind of poultry, family of the pheasant that comes in a handy one-person portion.
Have you ever seen quail walking around alive? I once saw a few when I was driving in the Dordogne area. They are a funny kind of bird with a strange walk. Most quail for poultry is domesticated and raised in cages.

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