Cabbage with Turmeric, Bacon and Tomatoes



The vegetables in the refrigerator bins have been giving me accusatory looks for a while now.  It’s not like they’re people or anything, nor are they quite alive, just dying a slow ugly death in the refrigerator bin.  Not really into reality dramas, I’ve tried to ignore this because I don’t like cooking random vegetables just because they have that “it’s over” look. Still, compost heap-less, I had to do something.


Do tomatoes go with cabbage I asked myself.  Yes, I think so because people are always putting a tomato sauce on stuffed cabbage.  So that’s why.  I trimmed the blackened leaves from the cabbage, threw out the cherry tomatoes that had gasped their last, took out the wok and fished in the freezer for a chunk of my lardon like bacon.

It was good.  Vegetarians could eat this if it wasn’t for the bacon.  I think Uzbeks would like it too 😀

Cabbage with Turmeric, Bacon and Tomatoes

1/2 cup bacon, diced

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1/4 small onion, thinly sliced

1 small cabbage, shredded

Salt and pepper

1 handful cherry tomatoes, halved

1 bay leaf

1/2 tsp turmeric

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp cider vinegar

Brown and crisp the bacon in a wok, then remove and set aside.  Remove all but 2 tbsp of the bacon fat, then add the garlic and onion, stir frying for a minute or two.  Add the cabbage, season with salt and pepper and continue to stir fry for 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes, bay leaf and turmeric, continuing to stir fry for about 2 minutes.  Finally, add the water, cover and steam for about 5 minutes.  Stir in the reserved bacon and vinegar and serve.


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15 Responses to Cabbage with Turmeric, Bacon and Tomatoes

  1. Mad Dog says:

    Mad Dogs would eat it too, but not without that nice looking piece of bacon 😉

  2. kristelfaye says:

    Today’s National Cabbage Day! Yay for a cabbage post!

  3. I love a nice, simple cabbage dish – this sounds wonderful, with a good use of spices.

  4. I love that you incorporated cabbage here. Not usually my favorite but I enjoy it combined with other things!

  5. I just stir fried some cabbage with oyster sauce and sesame oil for a light lunch…I like the sound of your recipe very much indeed.

  6. A piece of that gorgeous looking lardon like bacon for me too please!

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