Friday, 5 August 2011

food: red cabbage

For me, braised red cabbage is winter. It epitomises the cooler months; the months that make us crave warm and comforting food. This dish is sweet and a little sour and full of flavour. And the colour (not captured too well here) is amazing.

This dish is a fantastic accompaniment to pork. I make plenty so I can eat it the next day and the day after that, just as it is. I also love red cabbage that is pickled and sold in jars. I remember travelling in Europe with a jar of red cabbage in the top of my backpack, easily accessible for snacks along the way. I think my husband (from a German background) fell in love with me because of my cabbage eating ways. We often eat sauerkraut but I think this red cabbage is my favourite way to prepare and eat this mighty vegetable.

Erna's Red Cabbage with Apple by Stephanie Alexander
3 tablespoons water
1 red cabbage, sliced thinly, washed and drained
2 tablespoons brown sugar
pinch of salt
2 Granny Smith apples, pealed and sliced into thinnish slices
1/4 cup cider vinegar
60g butter

Place water, cabbage, sugar and salt in a heavy-based saucepan.
Add apple (don't mix it in), cover tightly and cook very gently (using a simmer mat if you are using gas) for about 1 hour. I no longer have a gas cooker and find that its fine on a low temp without the simmer mat.
Lift lid and stir apple into softened cabbage.
Add in vinegar and butter.
Cook, covered, a further 15 minutes.
Stir once more. At this point I may cook a little longer, depending on how the cabbage looks and feels. You want it tender, not crunchy at all.
The cabbage should look shiny from the melted butter - add a little more if you need.
You should still be able to see apple slices, not just mushed apple.

May need a little extra salt at the table (I love salty/sweet combinations). Lovely served with Pork Cutlets. Even lovelier the next day.

Monday, 1 August 2011

modern handmade child

(A cute Louis photo, my own modern handmade child)

Sometimes when I am organised (hmmm, that's not very often, I hear you say) I write for Modern Handmade Child, a super fabulous digital magazine all about families, making things, parenting and celebrating the 'handmade.'

I have been really fortunate to be able to interview some of my all time favourite Australian crafty people and have grand plans to interview (aka stalk) as many as I can in the near future. The Autumn Issue (it's a US based 'zine) will be out soon and, as a special heads up, I can tell you that you can read all about the amazingly talented Ms Doran and the clever people behind Umbrella Prints. There, you have the scoop first!

In the mean time, if you feel like it, you can read about me at the Modern Handmade Child blog. I am not so interesting but the rest of the blog is - have a look and say hello!