ID RATHER BE IN REAL HELL THAN ANIMORPHS HELL
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Smothered Cabbage + Three Delicious Variations
This March, I discovered this Smothered Cabbage recipe on Food52 and it’s not just good, but really really good. Like, I’m kinda dreaming about the next time I’m going to make it good.
What? Delicious cabbage?! Yes! Delicious cabbage! Cabbage so good you want to share it with people! (Or not because it’s so good you want to nom it all yourself. It’s okay. I’ve provided three recipes to help you do just that.)
Why I love it: cabbage is a very affordable raw ingredient that keeps for a while in the fridge, cabbage is so often overlooked as a boring ingredient that smells weird but when it gets cooked for a long time it has an unbeatable flavor, and making one giant batch of smothered cabbage equals not one but THREE possible additional meals.
I would estimate that making your initial batch of smothered cabbage is a low to medium spoons recipe depending on if you purchase chopped cabbage or chop it yourself + it takes an hour to cook but you don’t really have to spend a lot of time around the stove, just a stir every ten minutes or so. However! It’s totally worth making a big batch because it freezes extremely well and have I mentioned that as a leftover, you have THREE additional meals at your fingertips?
I’m marking this recipe as vegan/dairy free and gluten free, though I’m including variations that include dairy and pasta as well. You can do whatever makes you and your tummy and your food friends happy!
Your Basic Smothered Cabbage Recipe:
- 1 head of cabbage, thinly sliced (if you can get your hands on cole slaw mix or pre-shredded cabbage, you’re golden — however, chopping things is nice and methodical and I enjoy it, but to each’s own)
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil (or butter)
- at least a teaspoon of salt and several dashes of pepper
- a few drops of white (or apple cider) vinegar
The process is very easy. Toss all the ingredients in a big big pot with olive oil (or butter if you like it), stir it all up so things are mixed, and let cook over medium-low heat for about an hour. Stir every 10 minutes or so so nothing sticks and if it seems like it’s getting dry and sticking to the bottom of the pot, add a tablespoon or two of water. This cooking method — the letting it hang out in the pot and cook down — allows the cabbage to cook from its own steam and also browns because of the oil. You’ll know it’s done when it starts smelling sweet and everything turns soft and melty and a bit brown and caramel-y colored. If you taste it, it’ll taste like magically confusing cabbage. Yes! It’s cabbage! I swear! And you can eat it all on its own like this as a meal (maybe with rice or pasta or quinoa or potatoes if you want) or as a side dish to a more proteiny main dish.
Now, my favorite part: the variations. Smothered cabbage is delicious on its own, but it also makes for a great base ingredient for these three recipes. If you’re making a big batch and freezing it, I recommend portioning it out in about one cup servings, and that will make your next three recipes even easier. (If you’re going from frozen to any of these recipes, you don’t have to spend a lot of time defrosting because the frozen cabbage is going to melt away in the tasty liquids!)
Smothered Cabbage Turned Curry:
Take a cup of Smothered Cabbage and add one can of coconut milk, 1/2 cup water, some cumin, and some curry powder to a pot. Bring to a simmer, allowing all the flavors to combine, and then add a cup of frozen green peas right at the last minute. Serve on its own or with rice.
Smothered Cabbage Turned Minestrone:
Take a cup of Smothered Cabbage and add one can of drained white beans, one can of diced tomatoes, and at least two cups of water. Bring to a simmer, add 1/2 cup of your favorite small pasta shapes and cook until tender. If you’re into it, you can top it with some parmesan cheese or croutons.
Smothered Cabbage Turned Risotto:
Take a cup of Smothered Cabbage and add three cups of your favorite broth and bring to a simmer. Add 1 cup white rice and cook until tender and lightly soupy. Serve in your favorite bowl, topping with more pepper and parmesan if you want!
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
- Stay with us and keep calm.
The last thing we need when we’re panicking, is to have someone else panicking with us.
- Offer medicine if we usually take it during an attack.
You might have to ask whether or not we take medicine- heck, some might not; but please, ask. It really helps.
- Move us to a quiet place.
We need time to think, to breathe. Being surrounded by people isn’t going to help.
- Don’t make assumptions about what we need. Ask.
We’ll tell you what we need. Sometimes; you may have to ask- but never assume.
- Speak to us in short, simple sentences.
- Be predictable. Avoid surprises.
- Help slow our breathing by breathing us or by counting slowly to 10.
As odd as it sounds, it works.WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T DO:
1. Say, “You have nothing to be panicked about.”
We know. We know. We know. And because we know we have nothing to be panicked about, we panic even more. When I realize that my anxiety is unfounded, I panic even more because then I feel like I’m not in touch with reality. It’s unsettling. Scary.
Most of the time, a panic attack is irrational. Sometimes they stem from circumstances — a certain couch triggers a bad memory or being on an airplane makes you claustrophobic or a break up causes you to flip your lid — but mostly, the reasons I’m panicking are complex, hard to articulate or simply, unknown. I could tell myself all day that I have no reason to be having a panic attack and I would still be panicking. Sometimes, because I’m a perfectionist, I become even more overwhelmed when I think my behaviour is “unacceptable” (as I often believe it is when I’m panicking). I know it’s all in my mind, but my mind can be a pretty dark and scary place when it gets going.
Alternate suggestion: Say, “I understand you’re upset. It is okay. You have a right to be upset and I am here to help.”
2. Say, “Calm down.”
This reminds me of a MadTV sketch where Bob Newhart plays a therapist who tells his patients to simply “Stop it!” whenever they express anxiety or fear. As a sketch, it’s funny. In real life, it’s one of the worst things you can do to someone having a panic attack. When someone tells me to “stop panicking” or to “calm down,” I just think, “Oh, okay. I haven’t tried that one. Hold on, let me get out a pen and paper and jot that down, you jerk.”
Instead of taking action so that they do relax, simply telling a panicking person to “calm down” or “stop it” does nothing. No-thing.
Alternate suggestion: The best thing to do is to listen and support. In order to calm them down without the generalities, counting helps.
3. Say, “I’m just going to leave you alone for a minute.”
Being left alone while panicking makes my heart race even harder. The last thing I want is to be left by myself with my troubled brain. Many of my panic attacks spark from over-thinking and it’s helpful to have another person with me, not only for medical reasons (in case I pass out or need water) but also it’s helpful to have another person around to force me to think about something other than the noise in my head.
Alternate suggestion: It sometimes helps me if the person I’m with distracts me by telling me a story or sings to me. I need to get out of my own head and think about something other than my own panic.
4. Say, “You’re overreacting.”
Here’s the thing: I’m not. Panic attacks might be in my head, but I’m in actual physical pain. If you’d cut open your leg, no one would be telling you you’re overreacting. It’s a common trope in mental health to diminish the feelings or experience of someone suffering from anxiety or panic because there’s no visible physical ailment and because there’s no discernible reason for the person to be having such a strong fear reaction.
The worst thing you can tell someone who is panicking is that they are overreacting.
Alternate suggestion: Treat a panic attack like any other medical emergency. Listen to what the person is telling you. Get them water if they need it. It helps me if someone rubs my back a little. If you’re in over your head, don’t hesitate to call 911 (or whatever the emergency services number is where you are). But please, take the person seriously. Mental health deserves the same respect as physical health.
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This scene still breaks my heart each and every single time I watch it.
Azula was a terrible, horrible person. She would have set the world aflame and laughed over the broken carcass of her brother.
But she was fourteen.
She was so ruined and twisted by her childhood and by her nation, driven to insanity by the expectations placed upon her.
Azula was bad and yet I can’t help but feel so terribly sorry for her.
"I don’t have sob stories like all of you."
SHE WAS FUCKING FOURTEEN WHAT
"My own mother….thought I was a monster.
She was right, of course, but it still hurt.”
actually, i think one of the shows strengths is that they didn’t shy away from what a horrible tragedy this was. even though she was clearly a villain and did unspeakably awful things, this scene was still framed as sad. there was no celebrating- they just look at her sadly.
the music for the battle that leads up to this moment is sad too- it’s an epic battle, visually probably one of the biggest things done in the entire series, and they could have played it with thumping, energetic, dangerous music. but instead it’s quiet and somber. because the whole scenario is heartbreaking, and they know it.
i think the fact that a kid’s show had so much respect for it’s viewers and their ability to understand the complexity of this situation is what makes avatar great.