When making soup with vegetables of merely average quality try not to be carried away by feelings of dislike towards them nor to regard them too lightly; neither let yourself become too excited because you have been given superlative ingredients in order to make a special dish. Though you may love a particularly good meal, there is no reason to feel an aversion towards an ordinary one.
-Dogens Instructions to the Cook
The cabbage, n.: a familiar kitchen vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head.- H.L. Mencken