Gas Pains

Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

The Big Kahuna

Gardening, Gas Pains

Did you know that the People's Republic of China is the world's largest producer of cabbage?

Yep.  36,335,000 tons of the stuff in 2008. 

Followed (in order) by India, Russia, South Korea, Japan, Poland, Ukraine, Indonesia, United States and Romania.  That's the world's top-ten.  Yet the combined production of those nine countries doesn't even come close to matching China's production of slaw.

But I'm doing my part. 

I have this cabbage patch that is doing very well.  (Cool weather crops always do well when you live through a miniature ice-age like we've been experiencing.)  In-fact portions of it are doing so well I am going to have to do something about it.

Like introducing cabbage to my diet on a daily basis.

How many ways can you prepare cabbage for breakfast, lunch or dinner? 

If you Google - how many ways to prepare cabbage you will get 2,840,000 results in 0.36 seconds.

Anyway - most of the cabbages are nice-sized, orderly and eye-catching vegetables just like these stoneheads...

But there are four others that are immense. Until I can locate my list of what I planted I refer to them as mutants. These monsters are more than fifteen inches across and weigh a ton.

Like this Big Kahuna...

I've never made sauerkraut before but I am going to fill my five gallon pail with shredded cabbage and see what happens.

Think of it as - Gas Pains performs a kitchen science experiment.

Stay tuned...

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