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Coleslaw á la Cottage Smallholder recipe

pink coleslawMike serves his Boston baked beans with coleslaw. I watched him grating and chopping the vegetables by hand. It seemed to take forever. Then he started to add the ingredients for the dressing one by one, straight into the chopped vegetables, tasting every now and then. Mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, pepper and I missed the rest as I had to rush down to Swan Meadow before Jalopy got a ticket for loitering too long in the car park.

“How odd to serve hot beans with coleslaw.” I thought as I shot down Saffron Walden High Street.

I discovered that the combination is perfect. Coleslaw is great with hot or cold Boston baked beans.

So when I made these beans at home, I poked about in our fridge and on the Internet for a few coleslaw hints. I feel embarrassed to admit that I have only bought the chubby pots before. On a whim, every five years or so.

Danny was mesmerised as Magimix grated and sliced the vegetables in seconds.
“I love finely sliced coleslaw.” He confided.
“Mike uses vinegar. Do you think we should?”
“Not vinegar!”
“How about lemon or lime juice?”
“Lemon juice. Lime juice just wouldn’t work.”
I wanted to ask why not? But as I was planning to add some lovely creamy home made goat’s yoghurt to our coleslaw salad I decided to go down the lemon juice route. D fixed himself a large whisky and repaired to The Rat Room.

D is not wild about anything ‘goaty’, but relishes loads of things with a splosh of “Greek style yoghurt.” Unbeknown to him this is often goat’s Greek style since I started reading about the benefits of goat’s milk on Jo Knight’s wonderful blog.

As Magimix efficiently chopped the coriander, I added the dressing ingredients one by one. And tasted and tweaked. The fresh coriander lifted the dish from the realms of a talented church choir to an operatic chorus + Diva in seconds.

Unfortunately the red cabbage created a pink coleslaw that clashed with the orange baked beans. Great for a retro sixties meal. Next time I’ll use a white or green cabbage from our own plot.

Coleslaw making could become a hobby.

Coleslaw á la Cottage Smallholder recipe


  • 100 g of carrot (peeled and grated)
  • 120 g of baby red cabbage (thinly sliced)
  • 2 sticks of ‘de-strung’ celery (thinly sliced)
  • 1 small onion (sliced fine)


  • 6 teaspoons of mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp of goat’s yoghurt
  • 1 tsp of light brown Muscovado sugar
  • 0.5 tsp of sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 – 2 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste
  • Generous twist or two of ground black pepper
  • 1 tblsp of coriander leaves (chopped fine)


  1. Grate and slice the vegetables.
  2. Add the dressing and serve chilled.

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  1. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Kate(uk)

    I must try the rhubarb and strawberries! Thanks for the tip.

    Hi Jo

    I must try the strawberries with balsamic. The parmesan nibbles sound scrummy. Thanks.

    I so agree about good goats’ milk. And D has becoming a convert, without realising it until recently!

  2. Jo @ LittleFfarm Dairy

    Wow, thanks for the compliment – I’m flattered! (& very glad you’re enjoying our Blog so much, as I do yours – you write beautifully).

    I know what you mean about odd taste combinations though – a bit like strawberries with a swirl of balsamic vinegar. Another one to serve as a ‘hit’ party nibble is parmesan dressed with balsamic – scrummy.

    Always a shame when people assume that anything made with goats’ milk, will taste unpleasantly ‘goaty’: but as cheese is effectively coagulated milk, the capryllic acid will come through although made with skill this should still be no more than a light, lemony tang with a hint of thyme.

    But products such as yogurt, ice cream, milky coffee (ohhh, heaven) & other such goodies should just taste of light, fresh, creamy milk – if it doesn’t then the milk may be off; hasn’t been handled correctly; a male is running with the herd; or the goats are eating strongly-flavoured herbage (this also happens with cows – if you get to know a bit about Cheddar for instance you can tell in what part of the country it’s made, its age plus the season in which it was produced: as you can often detect a subtle hint of silage….& our goats, I’m glad to say, don’t eat silage: just the sweet, organic meadow hay from our own pastures (when they can’t be out enjoying the sunshine that is!).

    So done properly, goats’ milk is not only so much better for you, it actually tastes better, too!

  3. Kate(uk)

    Beans and coleslaw is like cooked strawberries and rhubarb- a marriage that seems doomed but is in fact made in heaven!

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