Cafe Primrose


Posted on December 4, 2013



There is a lot of Irish and British and even some eastern European going on in my not too distant family tree. My great grandmother on my mum’s mother’s side, came from Poland. This is her recipe. She shared it with my grandma, who shared it with my mum, and now it has been shared with me and I thought all of you might enjoy it.


  • 1 Cabbage
  • 2-3 Carrots
  • 2 Scallions (green part only)
  • Hellman’s Mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Pepper

This cole slaw is really a pressed salad. 

Wash and chop the cabbage. Place it in a large mixing bowl and salt it. Mix the cabbage and salt together with a spoon. Place the lid of a pot or a plate on top of the cabbage and press in down so the cabbage is compressed. Let the cabbage sit in the bowl with the lid pressing down on it. The salt will cause the cabbage to release its juices. While the cabbage is sitting, peel and grate the carrots. I usually use 2 or 3 carrots. Add the carrots to the cabbage in the bowl, mix, and press. Finely chop the green part of the scallions and add it to the carrots and cabbage in the bowl. I usually use the green part of 2 bunches of scallions. Mix everything again and continue to press for another 10 minutes or so. Remove the lid from the bowl and mix the salad. You will notice it is very juicy. Now add mayonnaise to taste. Due to the juiciness, you will find that not too much mayo is necessary. Mix the mayo into the salad and add salt and pepper to taste.

From my family to yours.

10 comments so far, have your say too!

  1. Anyrina Wass

    Irish? Are you sure You don’t have Celiac disease? I remember reading that You had a vitamine deficiency at some point.
    Just a Thought :)

    • I did have one I had several. Part of why I started this blog is because my eating habits were horrendous for many many years. Now I know I do a lot of junk food too…. But I am working very hard to expand my list of edible foods… Because I am insanely picky. I gave myself many vitamin deficiencies.

      Celiacs??? No. I don’t…. I did get hit by a car once though and had a problem with my left ear that was rather serious….

      Why do I say I have some irish, because me grandad, the one who gave me mother the name Eagles, is from Ireland or something like that… Or maybe it was his parents that were??? Bleh, Part of the Delaney clan if I am getting my history right here. I am so Irish one o’ me cusins (or second cusins) was one o’ the main characters in the movie Angela’s Ashes.

      • Anyrina Wass

        Celiacs is particularly common among people of Irish origin. Read the symptoms it might cause to children and see if it fits.
        I remember reading one of Your stories about your childhood, and thinking that it sounds like Celiacs. Would be Great if you found out that there is such a simple explanation.

        • Is it? Interesting… Diseases are so interesting… But I am pretty sure I have never heard of anyone in my family having Celiac. And I am pretty sure I don’t have anything like that…. But perhaps I will ask the doctor to run the test anyway next time I am there.

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