Spiced Red Cabbage Stew

We had a smoked pork loin for dinner today with cauliflower mash and I had this beautiful red cabbage and a tart Granny Smith apple to use up. With a low carb count today I figured one green apple in an entire pot of 1 red cabbage could not hurt. Here is a tasty recipe I hurriedly scribbled down when a lovely former neighbour called over the holidays. The family became wonderful friends to our family … this is from many many years ago when I was still a little girl. We were lucky enough to be introduced by Traudi to delicious German food as she is a fabulous cook as well as her wonderful family traditions. I’m officially old enough now to call those “the good old days”! Heartfelt thanks to a dear friend who is still as kind, thoughtful and much treasured and loved by our family. Thanks for the recipe Traudi – please forgive my little twists on your version!

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium red cabbage (if you only have a green cabbage – go for it!)
  • 3 small onions
  • 3 – 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tblspns oil, grapeseed
  • 1 tart green apple
  • 1 tsp each caraway seed, mustard seed, Chinese 5 spice or allspice, white pepper, salt
  • 4 tblspns brown keto sugar
  • 3 tblspns balsamic or other good vinegar
  • 2 tblspns butter

Method

  1. In a large pot that has a lid, heat the oil on medium to low heat
  2. When warm add spices and stir one to two minutes to infuse the oil
  3. Add diced onions and garlic, cook 4 minutes
  4. Add vinegar and keto sugar
  5. Let it cook until nicely glazed and onions are cooked through (forgot to take photos of this step!)
  6. Add the shredded cabbage and stir well until covered in onion and spice mix
  7. Add diced apple pieces, stir and place lid on pot, I did not peel the apples and they were fine!
  8. Cook gently over low heat for 30 minutes or longer if you like it really soft. I cooked it for 40 minutes as the red cabbage took a while to cook, it was very fresh
  9. When cooked, turn off stove and let rest 15 minutes with a dollop of butter on top. Lid on!
  10. Serve with pork and another veggie side.
  11. Delicious and healthy!

Here is the yummy tender pork loin my Sweetie smoked. Super tasty with jerk seasoning, paprika and sage!

Cranberry Rum Orange Red Onion and Brie Galette

This is wonderful as an appetiser to start a special meal or as a main dish served with green veggies or a salad. We had it as our Christmas eve dinner starter.

If you’re making this for a dinner party I suggest you make the pastry and filling a day ahead to assemble and bake on the day.

Cranberry Orange Red Onion and Brie Galette

Pastry Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick butter (4 oz or 120g)
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 ½ cups almond flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tblspn xantham gum
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Filling Ingredients:

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  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 4 tblspn butter
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 green apple, peeled and grated
  • 1 orange, use zest and squeezed juice
  • 2 tblspn rum
  • 2 tblspn very good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tblspn brown keto sugar
  • 1 tsp thyme or mint
  • 1 round brie or camembert

To make pastry: place dry ingredients in mixer or food processor and cut in cold butter. Mix until butter rubbed in. Add parmesan cheese and 2 eggs and process until a dough forms. Wrap and place in fridge to chill while you make filling. Flatten the dough a bit before storing to make it easier to roll out.

In a decent sized pot, melt butter. Add sliced onions and cook until softened. Add cranberries, orange juice, rum, orange zest, grated apple. Stir gently. Add balsamic vinegar and sugar and stir. Let simmer about 25 minutes, gently stirring just a few times. Lastly stir in mint or thyme if you are using herbs and turn off stove.

Heat oven to 350⁰F or 180⁰C

Let onion filling cool quite a bit. Pop the brie in the freezer while you roll out the dough. The brie will be easier to slice. I wrapped my dough in parchment paper which I then used for baking on. On a big pizza pan, roll out the dough into a round but it does not have to have perfect edges. Hopefully you have a rolling pin, or press down with your hands until round-ish and flat. This is the beauty of a galette. Rustic and improvised!

Spread half the onion mix in the middle leaving a generous border of pastry open which you will fold in. Slice the brie into the onion mix. Top with the rest of your onion mix and then the rest of the brie slices. Use up all that brie!

Fold your pastry over and in towards the filling mix covering about ⅓ of the onion mix. If it’s hard to work with chill the pan in the fridge to firm up the pastry. Pinch closed any pastry “holes” on the sides. Brush pastry with beaten egg or milk/cream.

Place in the middle of your oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until pastry is just turning golden.

Serve slices after letting galette rest about 10 minutes out of the oven.

Happy Holidays! 🕯❤

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Chocolate coconut oatbran crunchies

Holiday tea party

Warm Balsamic, Fig and Apricot Sauce

We had pork chops for dinner last night, my partner cooked them on a little electric grill that’s a gem to own if you don’t have time to light a charcoal BBQ after a long day. The entire thing can be placed in the dishwasher (except the frame) and it’s a favourite cooking appliance in this house. This was one of those quick impromptu meals that turned out well!

I had figs and apricots that needed to be eaten, so cooked up this quick side sauce Continue reading