The Lost Recipe

Deep-Fried Cabbage In Margarine Suitable For Vegetarians suitable for vegetarians Biscuit Threat Low low biscuit injury risk

For many years it was thought that one of the classic recipes from the Ready, Steady, Chuck! Challenge had been lost for ever. However, thorough research has recently revealed that Chef Andrew's legendary creation Deep-Fried Cabbage in Margarine may have been created at the same time and within the allotted 20 minutes of preparation time as Marmalized Pork (2005) - but note that there is another theory. Amazing though this achievement was, it meant that as the cabbage and margarine was not a part of Marmalized Pork, this dish was retrospectively disqualified. In compensation, even though Deep-Fried Cabbage in Margarine never made it to the serving plate, the overwhelming opinion of the judges has been to posthumously* award this dish a Ready, Steady, Chuck! Special Achievement Award on the basis of its achieving the standard required for Most Revolting Combination. Congratulations and well done, Chef Andrew!

The following is a reconstruction of that classic recipe.

Deep-Fried Cabbage In Margarine

Allegedly 2005, Chef Andrew (Not Completed) (DISQUALIFIED PENDING APPEAL)

Artist's impression of Deep-Fried Cabbage In Margarine Artist's impression of Deep-fried Cabbage in Margarine


  • 1 whole cabbage
  • 1 pot of margarine
  • some other stuff


Put the margarine in a saucepan and heat to as hot a temperature as is possible. Finely chop the cabbage while the margarine is warming. Put the cabbage into the warm margarine and wait. Realise after 10 minutes or so that the margarine is never going to get hot enough to make the cabbage crispy, so make something else really quickly, like, for example, Marmalized Pork. Brilliant! That will do for the competition, leaving the cabbage as a possible side dish. Or maybe not. Drain the greasy, limp cabbage and tastefully arrange it on a plate. Safely dispose of the slightly warm melted margarine. If you can be bothered, add the other ingredients as a garnish. Serve immediately, or just chuck it away. Your call.

Andrew: "A disaster"


*Of course, we should really say "retrospectively", not "posthumously". However, in the opinion of the judges, the dish concerned was definitely dead.