If you saw a clove tree you would not know that it possesses such an impressive herb. This herb is described as mysterious, romantic, and even nostril- clearing, and found in our cabbage soup recipe that is listed below.
In the early years of this herb it found it’s place in dental care. The small amount of pain-killer properties clove carries was a great toothache remedy. As the years have gone by, there are people that still today use clove in this way. Clove oil mixed with zinc oxide has been used as temporary fillings. Used as well as a mouth wash and throat gargle.
The culinary uses may be a little more well known than the dental. They can be used whole as well as ground. It is found in all dishes from the appetizer to dessert. Russia, Scandinavia, Greece, India, and China, all have prominent cuisines that introduced clove to the world.
A very popular use for clove over the years has also become an aromatic or air freshener in your home, office, or even restrooms. Using an orange, apple, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and even a pear studded with clove can add a beautiful scent to your space.
What you will need:
Knife and or skewer/toothpick
Make any design you would like, I chose a spiral design.
A great addition to any room…
A rustic and poignant fragrance, an anesthetic for a toothache, and a definitive ingredient to add to a soup, clove can be used in each day of your life.
In the recipe below you also will stud an onion for the soups flavor. Check out how it is done.
I try to put the cloves in the onion in places where it looks like it might fall apart or separate. Most often you will remove the onion before finishing the sauce or soup.
Good luck, happy cooking, I hope you enjoy this cabbage soup recipe as much as I do!
Cabbage Soup With Cloves
- 4 cups of water
- 1 ½ cups of bacon
- 2 cups of potatoes
- 2 cups of cabbage
- 1 cup of carrots
- Half and Onion
- 4 cloves
- 1 ½ tsp. Salt
- Pinch of Pepper
- Bring water to a boil.
- Add bacon, reduce heat and simmer for about an hour.
- Remove the bacon, set aside.
- Take the half of the onion and cloves and insert the cloves into the onion to add to the aromatics**
- Add potatoes, cabbage and carrots.
- Bring to a boil for 2 minutes.
- Simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove and discard onion/ cloves.
- Add salt and pepper.
- Serve with bacon*
*Another option is to leave the bacon in the water and continue the process.
** see video and picture above.