When you think about it, you can pretty much make anything from scratch. Bread, pasta, grow your own vegetables, even make your own ice cream. Of course, some are more complicated than others and take a lot of time that we don’t always have. That, of course is the beauty of the grocery store, anything you could make at home, they already have it there for you and it may be just as tasty.
But what type of pleasure do you get from walking into a store and just buying something that is totally doable at home and will taste 100 times better if you do it yourself? Well, on our way to a BBQ last weekend, we were picking up some beer and someone suggested picking up some coleslaw. I grabbed the container of creamy coleslaw (don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of store-bought creamy coleslaw, but not if I have the option to make my own) and put it back into the fridge. From there, I made a straight line directly to the produce section where I picked up a head of green cabbage. Everything else I needed would be found in a pantry and fridge.
Did I have any idea what I would put into this coleslaw? Nope! Was I confident that it would be delicious? Yep!
So what did I find? Well, as you can see, since I didn’t know what I was looking for, I found everything I needed. For the creaminess factor, I went with a mix of mayonnaise and yogurt, well, because I felt like it and didn’t want it to be overloaded with mayonnaise. Everything else is pretty self-explanatory, except maybe for the green salsa. I was inspired to use the green salsa since I was at the house of a Mexican family and you know what, it totally worked!
No recipe for this entry, I want to provide you with a small nudge to have fun in the kitchen and throw things together and see how they turn out!
Just one quick warning if you have never cut up a cabbage before, it’s a lot of stuff! Just a warning, you better be serving up a party of ten people and have one big massive bowl or two somewhat massive bowls.
I can’t say that I measured the dressing with any precise measurements, because I did not. But I went with my instinct…something like this.
So the end result on the impromptu homemade coleslaw with a Mexican twist was a hit. The homemade version with fresh cabbage will always give you extra crunchy coleslaw which for me is always a plus. Although, I wasn’t sure about the salsa with the mayonnaise, yogurt and mustard, it actually was really nice and added a little kick right at the end on your tongue.
It was a perfect afternoon combination of homemade coleslaw, cold beer, hot dogs on the grill, summer, backyard and friends. After a day like that, I might change the name of the blog to “Tastes Better With Amigos”.