Why a cabbage patch, of course! (They do look a bit like the doll, don’t they?) I mean, from my limited recall, anyway. Never one for dolls, I do remember the cabbage patch doll craze. Passing them by in the store – after the holidays, as you couldn’t get NEAR one during shopping season – I wondered what all the fuss was about. They were unique, which I fully appreciate, and endearing, in a “vegetable” sort of way, but why on earth would you wait in line for one? And pay top dollar?
Oh, but that was before I became a gardener! The world looks entirely different from my crouch between the rows! I see the appeal now. Cabbages are indeed GORGEOUS. Round and full – plump, really, with a smooth complexion in the palest of green and framed by a full head of “waves.” Perfection in the making – that’s what I see in MY cabbage patch these days.
We cut our first one yesterday and it was exciting! I wasn’t real sure if it was time, but it seemed to resemble the heads of cabbage I buy at the store, so I figured, why not? The kids were enthused and that’s half the battle – I mean, appeal. (Did I say battle? No. There’s no battle going on around here. Ever.) So with the help of a large knife, we whacked the head off and toted our trophy home. Okay, up the hill and to the kitchen, but it sounds more theatrical the other way and my kids LOVE theater. Because it’s fun, and kids love fun.
So slice it, toss it into the pan with some butter, onions, salt and pepper, and you have for one delicious meal. Or side, depending on how heartily your group eats! My kids love it. Probably because they eat it on camping trips — “dads only” trips — hence, the allure may be more associative than actual, but either way it’s a veggie in their belly, so you won’t hear me complain!