|The Eighth Box|
The eighth box included tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions, carrots, and beets, and the ninth box, tomatoes, sweet peppers, potatoes, and carrots - lots of carrots!
I've chopped and frozen most of the onions and peppers, and eaten the tomatoes and potatoes, and some of the carrots (raw).
I still have some of the onions, all the beets, and a lot of the carrots. I have plans for the beets and carrots, and you'll hear about them in time.
But today, I used one of the onions. I never got to an Oktoberfest celebration this year - it rained and rained, and I wasn't going to wade through the mud. I can wait until next year.
In the meantime, I decided to make German cuisine in my own kitchen.
Today I was inspired to make red cabbage. The recipe I use is called Rhineland Sweet-Sour Red Cabbage from the original Crockery Cookery cookbook, written by Mabel Hoffman. YUM! I've had a hankering for it for weeks, so I went a little crazy and made it. I'll have a couple of other German recipes in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!
The onion came from one of my CSA boxes, but the red cabbage, alas, did not We never received any cabbage, red or green, so I bit the bullet and headed to the store to buy a couple of heads. It's a simple, foolproof way to make delicious red cabbage.
Here's the recipe (my paraphrase):
Rhineland Sweet-Sour Red Cabbage (6 to 8 servings)
6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped (reserve 3 T bacon grease in the skillet)*
1 large head red cabbage, shredded
1 medium onion, chopped
6 T brown sugar
3 T flour
2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
3/4 c water
6 T vinegar
Put the cabbage, onion, and bacon in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Mix together the bacon grease, sugar, flour, salt, and pepper. Stir in the water and vinegar. Pour over the cabbage, onion, and bacon in the slow cooker. Cover and cook and low 4 hours. If the cabbage isn't cooked to your liking, turn the heat up to high for 1/2 hour. Stir and serve.
*If you want the preparation to go even faster, here's a shortcut - chop up 6 slices of pre-cooked bacon and put it in the slow cooker with the cabbage and onion, and use 3 T of vegetable oil instead of the bacon grease.