Honeyed Red Cabbage with Bramley Apples

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Honeyed Red Cabbage with Bramley Apples

A dash of honey for sweetness, a splash of vinegar to keep things sharp, juniper berries that taste of winter and organic red cabbage to bring it all together. Slow cooking is the trick to bringing out all these amazing flavours and the natural sugars of the cabbage.

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  • 1 red cabbage
  • 4 shallots
  • 2 Bramley apples
  • 8 juniper berries
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 60ml red wine vinegar
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1. Halve and quarter the cabbage. Slice out the thick, hard core in the middle. Peel off any torn outer leaves. Finely slice the cabbage. Pop it into a colander and give it a good rinse.
2. Peel and finely slice the shallots. Peel the apples. Quarter them. Slice out the cores and seeds. Finely chop the apple.
3. Pop the juniper berries in a mortar or bowl. Crush them with a pestle or the back of a spoon. Add the honey and the vinegar. Stir to mix them together.
4. Pop a third of the cabbage in the bottom of a large casserole dish or heavy-based pan. Top with half the shallots and apples. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Top with another third of the cabbage, then the rest of the shallots and apples. Season and top with the last of the cabbage.
6. Pour the honey mixture over the cabbage. Add 2 tbsp cold water. Pop on a lid. Bring to the boil. Once it’s boiling, turn the heat right down to low. Simmer for 1 hour till the cabbage is soft. Taste and adjust the seasoning to serve.
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I loved this recipe, thank you. Very easy. First time i used cloves as i didnt have the juniper berries, then i got myself organized! I made a huge batch with two red cabbages to take for a birthday meal at my brother's where his daughter is vegan, and everyone had seconds. They were delighted i had made so much! Please keep up the recipes. I could probably give you some too ......


Very tasty - I made it in advance for Christmas Day and snuck a few spoonfuls while it cooled... There's only a couple of us, so I halved the recipe and there's still loads! I think the full amount would probably serve 8 as a side.