I used to keep a dream dictionary by my bed. Fact. I thought that I could wake up from a vivid dream all about pansies and weasels, broken clocks and cotton candy to thumb through a book and answer all off those deep subconscious questions.
It never worked. I was lucky enough if I’d remember the dream, and luckier still if I had the wakefulness to actually reach for a dictionary first thing in the morning.
My dreams are trying to tell me something, I just leave it up to my sly and cunning brains to figure it out or leave it a mystery.
In the same way, my body was trying to send me a message early this morning. I hadn’t been awake and in the world for more than an hour when I found myself standing at work in the restaurant saying exactly this, completely unsolicited:
I want potato salad. I want potato salad exactly now. Potato salad sound SO good. I want pounds and pounds of potatoes in my belly right this second!
How’s that for a craving!?
I know what you’re thinking. But Joooooy! You didn’t make potato salad. What’s all this cabbage business!?
Well, my body and I have figured out that when I have a crazy potato attack, my body really just needs a comfy sweater, a cup of tea with loads of honey, and a good long hug. It’s not about the potato, it’s about comfort and warmth.
See it’s just like that dream I had the other night about my teeth falling out. It’s not about my poor teeth, maybe it’s just my brain telling me that I should talk to that girl at work who says mean things to me, I should tell her how I feel instead of simply ignoring her everyday.
um….. does that make sense?
With that, I bring you Spicy Sweet Cabbage Salad.
It’s everything I wanted from the world, without the heavy potatoes. I save the potatoes for a time when I know I won’t completely gorge myself. This salad has got spice, sweetness, and a salty crunch. Throw on some tuna and its like healthy, expensive spa food. Super pleasing!
Sweet and Spicy Cabbage Salad
adapted from Bon Appetit
2 lbs shredded cabbage
3 medium carrots, grated
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/3 cup chopped scallions
1 3/4 teaspoons fine grain salt
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons peeled and finely chopped fresh ginger (I grated mine on the fine side of a bod grater)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Best canned tuna you can find
Toss together cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, scallions and salt in a large bowl . Let stand until cabbage is slightly wilted, about 5 minutes.
Bring vinegar, sugar, grated ginger and red pepper flakes to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Pour over cabbage mixture. Toss to coat. Top with canned tuna and lightly sprinkle tuna with salt and pepper. Enjoy!