Saturday 9 September 2017

Red cabbage

Can cabbage be described as beautiful?
I think so.
Once the outer leaves have been stripped away from a red cabbage I think it looks a thing of beauty. What a fantastic colour!
And the structure is equally beautiful
once it has been cut open.
By the time I had cut away the hard stalk and thicker sections my large cabbage was considerably reduced. It shredded down to the couple of lbs that I wanted to braise with some finely chopped onion and apple.
Any recipe that uses apples at this time of year is good!
Braised cabbage.

2lbs grated cabbage
1lb finely chopped onion
1lb finely chopped apple
3tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons wine vinegar
chopped garlic grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
a few juniper berries or some ground cloves
salt and pepper.

Layer the vegetables, sprinkling the spices and sugar as you go. Pour over the vinegar, put a lid on your container and cook very slowly for about 2 to 3 hours, stirring every now and then.

Last year my red cabbages were hopeless, many of them bolted. I've reached the conclusion that they perform best in a dull, wet summer - quite the opposite to me! I've also got a mass of parsley this year whereas other years there have been very lean pickings.
This gardening lark can be a bit of a mystery!


  1. You do have a lot of parsley! I got bushels (well, not really bushels lol) of cilantro this year when previous years it's been slim pickin's. Your cabbage is BEAUTIFUL! :) Who else but Mother Nature could come up with such a beautifully coloured edible? :)

    1. Yes, it really is an astonishing colour. (My fingers went blue as I was preparing it.)

  2. That cabbage looks divine. I grow them dispersed between flowers because I love the colour. Now what can we do with the excess parsley Cro??

    1. Hello Judy. Your garden sounds interesting and I shot across to your site to take a look. No presence online so I'm just left to imagine a riot of cabbages and flowers. The only flowers in my veg patch are a scattering of marigolds to discourage pests, but next year I think I might throw in some other colours to attract beneficial flying insects. (I've got plenty of the other sort!)

  3. oops I am so sorry! I thought I was still on Cro's blog!

  4. I love the Red cabbage with all the leaves. I think they are very beautiful.
    Cabbage is one of my favorite veggies.
    One year I must have taken 500 photos of red cabbage , I lost all of them. Gosh it was fun though.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. 0pps ! I also meant to say that your photo of the cabbage in the garden is a keeper. outstanding beautiful !

  5. Who else but Mother Nature could come up with such a beautifully coloured edible? :)