Braised red cabbage (Serves 6-8)
25g butter, plus a knob
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 small red cabbage (approx. 750g) shredded or cut into chunks
1 tart eating apple, cored and chopped
1 cinnamon stick
3 allspice or juniper berries
a bay leaf
2 tsps muscovado sugar
2-3 tblsps good quality balsamic vinegar
½ vegetable stock cube, crumbled
a good grinding of black pepper
Melt the butter in a large pan over a medium heat and add the onion. Soften in the butter for a few minutes, then stir cabbage and apple. Sauté for a minute or two until shiny and well coated. Add spices, sugar, vinegar, stock cube, pepper and water, then lower the heat, cover and cook slowly for about 45 minutes.
Check the seasoning, adding more vinegar or sugar, if needed, and cook for another 15-20 minutes, or until the cabbage is as soft as you like it. Stir through a knob of butter before serving.