OK I know, my title doesn’t make any sense. But hear me out:
I’ve told you before about my dear friend Corrine and her amazing château (Latour Segur) near St Emilion. Well, Corrine, whose heart is bigger than my belly (and that is quite a visual I agree), decided to put together a classical concert in her gardens to raise some money. Her goal was to send the 9 kids of our town’s orphanage to Disneyland in Paris.
So, like only she would have the guts to do, Corrine contacted Amira Willighagen’s agent to get her to come down and sing. Amira is a 12 year old opera singer who won Holland’s got talent 2 years ago. Quite the little star in Europe right now!
Corrine also asked our local Aston Martin dealership to participate (which made me even more excited than the opera thing) in the event as well as many local socialites.
The evening was a huge success. She raised the money she needed, and our 9 orphans are off to their promised land.
To be honest, I truly didn’t expect this Amira girl to be any good. I am the kind of guy who switches the channel when I see some kid trying to sing “I will always love you”. Leave my Whitney ALONE!!! It’s just that I believe that one needs to have lived a little before they can bring the kind of emotion such music needs and deserves.
Well, let me tell you. For her age she really delivered! Old soul I guess… Click here for a video of Amira. Then click here for a video of Maria. Because we all deserve to hear a bit of Callas at least once in a while! It’s food for the soul…
Now for the strange title: As I was strolling down through the gardens of the château, I ended up in Corrine’s vegetable garden. The red cabbage looked so stunning in the evening light that I had to take a picture of the damn thing (you know me). I decided that such a nice image shouldn’t go to waste and that I should share it with you. Knowing that you are all greedy little things and would want a recipe to go with it… Here you go:
For 4 people:
- Slice a third of a red cabbage really thin as well as half a carrot and a bit of fresh parsley
- Add vinaigrette to it (1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar for 3 of oil). No mustard this time
- Add one clove of garlic chopped really thin and a fistful of roasted pumpkin seeds (or almonds or walnuts)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Put the salad in the fridge for about an hour. The vinaigrette will soften the cabbage a bit but it will remain crunchy enough to make your brains go WOW!