Just like heaven, only not

On paper, being a member of the VS household looks awesome. There’s the constant smorgasbord of tasty treats, my hilarious jokes and lots of wine good times – it must be great to live with me!

You’ll be surprised to hear that my kids would strongly disagree with the greatness of their situation. And on days when he’s feeling brave, Mr VS might too. You see, most days, I’m experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes. And results can be mixed. Rarely is there a disaster (there hasn’t been anything inedible for a while), but it can definitely take a few goes before I create a concoction that is truly delicious. Being helpful, my kids and Mr VS often give their input along the way. We’ll dissect the flavour profile of a meal and discuss in detail how successful it is. Luckily my skin is quite thick as their feedback can be brutal.

Finally though, I’ll crack a recipe, or cook something that hugely tickles their fancy. Success! Hurrah! But the joy is fleeting. No sooner has Mr VS declared, “Oh my god, this is so good, I could eat this every week”, than I’ve snapped a photo, posted the recipe and moved on to something else.

So here Mr VS is that coleslaw that you really, really, really liked, but probably will never get to eat again.

Just chopping, no cooking. Love.

Just chopping, no cooking. Love.

Winter coleslaw

This is great with pork or chicken.

1 crispy red apple (royal gala is perfect), cored and thinly sliced
1/2 lemon
3 cups shredded red cabbage
1 carrot, peeled, shredded or grated
2 sticks celery, finely sliced

3 tbsp grape seed oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp Dijon mustard

Put the apple into a medium-sized salad bowl. Squeeze the lemon over it and coat the apple well in the juice (to stop it browning).

Throw in the rest of the salad ingredients, combine the dressing ingredients in either a bowl or jug and pour over. Toss well.

Serves 2 adults and 3 kids as a side dish.


Like this? Why not try my Crispy noodle & cabbage coleslaw.
Or, for something tangier, try this noodle salad. My kids adore both!

Want a pulled pork recipe to go with this? You'll find one in my new e-book!

Want a pulled pork recipe to go with this? You’ll find one in my new e-book!

5 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    susievenkat said,

    Would never have thought it about cabbage (of all things) – BUT my kids hoovered the ‘crispy noodle & cabbage salad’; the family LOVED the noodle salad when I made it; now I’ll just have to move on to this winter coleslaw…

  2. 2

    Lou said,

    Ha, it’s a pretty similar situation in our house too – I hardly ever make the same thing twice…. raging success or not. This sounds delicious, love the addition of apple 🙂

  3. 4

    Leftover Roast Chicken and Coleslaw sangas are a hero in our house…this looks delish x

  4. 5

    With pulled apart pork , mayo on a bun. Yum!

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