The protective phytochemicals in cabbage are particularly effective against hormone-related diseases such as breast cancer.
Most apples are suitable both for cooking and eating, but some varieties work better in recipes than others. Apples that are suitable for cooking, such as Granny Smiths and Braeburn, are generally firmer and tarter than other varieties. They can withstand longer cooking times without disintegrating. This matters when you're baking apples or using them in a pie, but it is not so important when adding apples to a quick sauté.
One secret to successful stir-frying is to get the wok or frying pan very hot before adding the oil. This helps to prevent food from sticking. Stir-fry vegetables in small batches rather than piling them into the pan. If they're crowded, they will start to steam and lose the crisp-tender texture that is characteristic of a stir-fry.
- fantastic dish to turn boring cabbage into something everyone would eat and enjoy. The walnuts added a great finishing touch - pecans would do as well. - 28 Jan 2011