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!

Cheesy Zucchini Egg Bites

Our dairy delivery just started a local Farmer to Table Veggie Box. It is wonderful, a veritable treasure trove of goodness. Included were 4 beautiful zucchini. And some wonderful sweet onions. Our fridge is full so I made this for some space!What we’ll do: turn the oven on to 350⁰F; grate the zucchini, onion and cheese, mix in the dry ingredients then blend the eggs and olive oil, fold egg into zucchini onion mix and scoop into muffin pan. Makes 12 large bites.These are about 130 calories each, 4g net carbs, 8g protein and 8g fat each.If you would like to add more cheddar cheese, you can load some up on top. More carbs and calories then! Cooked, diced bacon could be added to as well as finely chopped fresh red chillies. A bit of lemon zest for extra zing or fresh herbs chopped in. Experiment with your favourite savoury flavours or other cheese – crumbled feta and diced olives? It’s so much fun!
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Roasted Butternut Soup, Squash with figs…and other snippets

Spring is almost here. Almost! We have had a glorious week of sunshine and by tonight the rain is back, but I never begrudge the blessing of rain. We’re lucky to live in a place where water is not a challenge and I never take this for granted. My heart hurts when I hear of the escalating devastation of droughts around the world.

On a lighter note we were gifted the lovely company of two very dear friends recently. The beautiful spring daffodils and tussie-mussie they each gave us are here to share with you. Outside, the birds are busy; leaf buds are sprouting and blossoms are on the plum trees.

Two quick recipes to post and then I bid you adieu until next time!

The first recipe is one for when you have inventive ingredients to hand, or just to post for fun. Try your own version!

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Lime, Chili and Cilantro Coleslaw with roasted peanuts

My sister takes full credit for this tasty recipe shared with me recently.

It’s crisp, sparks with flavour and is a keeper.

Thanks SpotiD! 👌❤ it!

It will speak for itself, and here is what you need.

Slaw:

1 red onion, finely sliced
1 juice of lime
1 finely shredded red cabbage
3 carrots, grated
1/2 cup roasted peanuts

Mayo:
1 large lime, zested and juiced
1/4 cup good mayo
1/2 green chili finely chopped
Ground salt and pepper and 12 sprigs chopped fresh cilantro
2 garlic cloves and a thumb of ginger crushed through a garlic press

Method:

Marinade finely shredded onion in lime juice and salt for 20 minutes

Mix mayo ingredients together. (Zest/juice of lime, crushed garlic and ginger, chili, spices and cilantro)
Mix shredded veg together
Add 1/2 cup peanuts
Add to marinated onion
Fold in mayo
Top with roasted peanuts

I served it with a splash of reduced balsamic vinegar infused with fresh mint. Serve with boiled eggs and kielbasa sausage slices.

Super good!

Hot Salad with Pork Chops

When we’re having guests to dinner, I think I go a little bonkers sometimes. I scramble for crazy complex recipes online and get so anxious and stressed about cooking. I was thinking about it tonight while I cooked our supper and the fun I was having winging it for just the two of us. Imagining the flavours, experimenting and then being so happy with the adventure of trying out my musings and the flavourful outcome. It’s my favourite way of cooking.

Tonight was one of those nights. I’m sure you’ve done it too. You’ve experimented and and created a meal that wove the flavours together delicately and delightfully. It’s so satisfying. Then I thought … why don’t I trust my instincts like this when having friends over, and just wing it like I do when it’s just the two of us? It’s so much more fun!

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Dinner for Two

LCHF Waldorf Salad

Chicken Breast Pesto Rollmops

Roasted Petit Peppers

Spiced Cauliflower Mash

This whole meal started with a Waldorf Salad yearning, which usually is inspired by the beautiful apples in the grocers this time of year. Also, my partner was not feeling the best. I only know how to cook, not how to heal, though in some ways food has amazing properties of healing I suppose. I also wanted to partly test drive this chicken idea as I’d like to make a version if it when our friend comes to dinner.

This is going to be more a summary of what I made and not exact measurements. I’m pretty sure that anyone who visits this blog is a way more accomplished cook than I’ll ever hope to be! Run with your own measurements, instincts and culinary acumen!

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Eggplant Parmesan Bake

Aubergine, brinjal, eggplant … whatever you call it, this beautiful vegetable is the perfect keto veggie fat bomb. High in fiber to negate the carbs, it has a wonderful sponge tendency of soaking up oils and seasonings and delivering a delicious meal. You’ll need a large aubergine, sliced in thick disks, marinated in herbs and garlic, brushed with pesto and tomato paste and topped with mature parmesan, then oven baked.

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