Chinese-style Red Cabbage

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This is a basic recipe for preparing red cabbage. It is also possible to add some chopped ginger and garlic to the sesame oil before adding the cabbage and then sprinkling some sesame seeds over before serving.

chinese-style red cabbage

Chinese-style Red Cabbage

This is a quick and easy recipe for preparing red cabbage.


  • Red cabbage, finely shredded
  • sesame oil
  • soy sauce
  • salt


  1. Heat the sesame oil in a sauté pan.
  2. Add the cabbage, season with salt and toss well
  3. Add a splash of water and cover the pan with a lid.
  4. Cook on a high heat for 5 minutes.
  5. If you like your cabbage slightly crunchy, remove from the heat but if you like it softer, lower the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.

First attempt at growing oyster mushrooms

My first mushroom bed.

Mushroom Bed

Mushroom Bed

Date of spreading spawn: April 13th 2021.

I bought the spawn from Serbia on ebay.

I don’t have any idea so I have followed the websites recommended by Baruch

A very good website is :

A good place to buy spawn is here

Many mushroom growing websites show you how to grow mushrooms outside. Once the mycelium has become well established it is possible to grow mushrooms for years.
I very much like this simple way of growing mushrooms.

I have used the lasagna method of layering the substrate and spawn.
I have used Encina (Holm Oak) leaves in various states of decomposition.

The area is very shady and happens to have an irrigation tube going past.
I used about 250 grams of spawn on about 80cm squared.

The area will be irrigated every night.







Silver Broom – Adenocarpus decorticans

Silver Broom – Adenocarpus decorticans

It is April and there is lots of Silver Broom – Adenocarpus decorticans around the surrounding hills. It grows in full sun and shady places.  It is  monoecious having both  male and female reproductive organs in the same individual i.e.  hermaphrodite. Pollination is crossed (it occurs between different plants and not between flowers on  a single plant) . Pollination is and aided by insects (entomophil).  The seeds are in pods and are spread by explosive force when the seed pod dries. It is related to the sweet pea.

Adenocarpus decorticans

Adenocarpus decorticans

This plant is very attractive and I intend to grow some from seed.

The meaning of the name:
Adeno = relating to a gland or glands
Carpus = fruited.
Decorticans = is derived from the Latin word decorticans meaning “without bark” referring to the peeling bark on the smaller branches.

Silver Broom

Silver Broom

This is about 2 weeks before full blooming. It is very spectacular against a blue sky.  This is a wild bush and it tolerates extreme heat (35C)  and dryness in the summer and very cold temperatures in the winter. (-15C)

The Spanish name for this plant is Rascavieja

Kale, broccoli and walnut salad

juice of 2 lemons
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 spring onions, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves,crushed
salt and pepper
kale, destemmed and finely sliced
broccoli, cut into small pieces
100ml extra-virgin olive oil
handful almonds, rouglhly chopped
handful Parmesan cheese, finly grated

Blend together the lemon juice, mustard, onion and garlic. Slowly blend in the olive oil. Season with dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and gently toast the almonds. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with salt.

Combine the kale, broccoli, almonds and cheese in a large bowl. Pour over the dressing and toss well. Check seasoning and serve.