Today is the first day of my “30 Days of Hygge”, each day throughout November I will post an idea for you to try so that you too can embrace hygge. Hygge is more of a way of living than something that can be bought; no-one is too old (or too young) to embrace hygge, you don’t need to spend small fortunes on specific items, and you can enjoy hygge anywhere.
For me, one of my best times of the day is when we are all together enjoying our evening meal and catching up on what we’ve each been up to. As we come into the colder months (It’s now officially winter), warming, wholesome food is very much a staple of our meals. Braised red cabbage is one of my all-time favourites, and is my go-to food when I’m feeling the need for comfort. This is my own recipe with a twist on a traditional winter dish.
You will need:
1/2 a red cabbage
1 large apple
3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
2 large tablespoons of Blackcurrant conserve (I highly reccomend Aldi’s Scandinavian Blackcurrant conserve)
freshly chopped ginger (to taste – I like quite a bit)
cracked black pepper
knob of salted butter
a slosh of red wine (around 2 or 3 tablespoons)
thinly slice the red cabbage, removing the core.
chop and core the apple (I always leave the skin on)
Place all your ingredients in an ovenproof dish (or large saucepan if cooking on the hob) and put the lid on.
Cook gently for at least one hour – oven temp gas mark 3/160 C (or on a very low heat/flame if on the hob), stir occasionally to make sure the cabbage doesn’t stick to the bottom.
When the cabbage is ready, it should be a wonderful dark glistening red with no liquid remaining in the pot.
Serve with butcher’s’ sausages, creamy buttery mash – and a large glass of Claret.