Cabbage with Peanut Sauce; the lovely sound of running water

We have actual visible… and audible, progress this week.

Naturally it started with a moment of panic.

Did I really buy a ‘white with blue stripes’ vent hood for my cook top?

Was I in that big of a hurry?


Then I remembered the Hot Pink Shower….

Yes, it was the protective coating… and it peeled off.

We started the tiling on Tuesday.


Mon mari is actually avoiding starting the cabinets – as that is his favorite task, we’re both afraid once he starts he’ll never get backto the plumbing.


As it is, doing things like tiling and hanging the hood vent are his escapes from the cellar.

Note the little blue tub… I fill that with hot, soapy water to have on hand when I cook.

Someday, I’m going to have this little vegetable sink working.


I have come so close, so many times this week, to dumping water into this sink… It’s not connected to anything.  I know that, but it’s like trying to not flush the toilet when the water is off.


We started the wall tile yesterday, and have this section done.

Today mon mari went back to the cellar

I have been listening to an extensive repertoire of cursing for most of the day (he really hates plumbing).

A minute ago I heard the sound of running water.

Followed by silence.

No cursing.

No sound of dripping water from leaks in the joints.

I may cry from sheer happiness.

I have mentioned in the past the commitment two people have to make when buying a cabbage.

Here’s another cabbage dish to help finish off that head:

Stir-Fried Cabbage with Peanut Sauce

Stir-Fried Cabbage with Peanut Sauce

I love the flavor a little peanut butter adds to a stir-fry. If you don’t normally have it on hand you can leave it out – but add another tsp soy sauce. This is a cross between a stir-fry and a salad.

1 1/2 cups shredded cabbage
1 carrot
1 rib celery
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp walnut or sesame oil
2 tsp olive oil
1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) chicken stock
1 1/2 tbs peanut butter
1 tbs sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tbs (toasted) sesame seeds

Shred cabbage: cut a slice off of the head, lay the slice cut side down, cut into 4ths, then, cutting across, slice very finely: 1/16″ – 1/8″ (.3cm). Do not use the core of the cabbage – you’ll recognize it when you see it. Slice the carrot into paper thin strips using the vegetable peeler. Thinly slice celery.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add chili powder and sauté briefly. Add cabbage, carrot and celery. Stir-fry 5 – 8 minutes, until cabbage start to wilt. Add soy sauce and chicken stock. Stir well to combine, cover, reduce heat and let cook for 5 more minutes. Combine peanut butter and vinegar. Uncover cabbage and increase heat. Stir in peanut butter/vinegar mixture. Continue cooking and stirring until most of the liquid has evaporated and peanut butter melted into the cabbage. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

And I bet you were thinking Corned Beef….

14 thoughts on “Cabbage with Peanut Sauce; the lovely sound of running water”

  1. What a wonderful man, your hubby is! So very talented to be able to set his hand to so many things and have them turn out so beautiful!
    And running water? That alone is cause for celebration!

  2. Hooray for running water!
    He does work fast…my husband has been building my a sideboard… since January. It now has one door – only 3 more to go!
    Love the Thai take on the cabbage, I currently have two in the fridge to conquer – this looks perfect!

  3. I love watching how the house has progressed. This was also my first time hearing the pink shower story… and I loved it. Really brightened up this gloomy day!

  4. My God Katie is the fan replaced on the stove yet.
    Sometimes you must want to wring the necks of the sales people. I have to say the stove would have been replaced here, Anyway the cabbage dish sounds nice. I love cabbage.
    And yes we do think Corned beef and Cabbage another favourite.

  5. the funny thing is I was thinking of your hot pink shower story before you even mentioned it in the post. I so enjoy reading your blog. you could even write about Mexico and make it funny…Mexico makes europe in august look efficient

  6. Wow! That vent hood is gorgeous. So is the tile. I remember the plumbing days and the curses from the crawl space and the fact that each joint my husband touched leaked. Hooray for running water. The cabbage recipe is ingenious – bet no one else posts one like it.

  7. Hooray!! That is so exciting! You’ll be using your kitchen sinks before you know it! I can’t wait until we’re that far along.

  8. Yay on kitchen progress. Glad to hear things are moving along nicely. And the cabbage sounds tasty–peanut sauce makes everything good in my book

  9. Joy oh joy – running water. I love vicariously following your reno journey…as long as it’s only vicariously 😉
    Delicious looking supper.

  10. Oh my goodness, but this sounds like a fabulous way to prepare cabbage!
    Needless to say, (but I will anyway) whoooohhhhhoooooooooooo!!! that you have running water and no leaks.
    (Another use for cabbage: sauerkraut, so you can make Reuben sandwiches)

  11. Val, yay is RIGHT!
    Zoomie, I miss corned beef….
    Farmgirl, I had no idea how much I would miss it.
    Emily, glad to brighten your day…
    Natashya, a sideboard? Wonderful! Mon mari made me one – a lot of work!
    Tanna, we did find one drip – but only one.
    Gilli, nope – no fan yet…. One does wonder!
    Shayne, oh my… You must be getting very good at practicing patience.
    Penny, at least he has a full cellar to work in, not a crawl space
    WJ, kitchen sinks, a modern wonder!
    Mike, they’re moving… usually, nicely.
    Ruth, I almost cried with joy.
    Elizabeth, I’ve never made kraut… I should try – maybe next winter. I love Rueben’s

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