Last week a few synchronicities collided in my reality. First, after posting my last recipe for yam fries, I started thinking about what to post for my next recipe. I remembered that I had just bought a big bag of apples with the intention of having one a day. Well after I got them and a few days went by, I realized that having one a day was unlikely, so I decided that I was going to do something with apples in my next recipe.
I also remembered that I had this huge head of green cabbage in the fridge that I wanted to do something creative with. So I searched online for cabbage and apples to see what kinds of recipes I could find. I not only found a really delicious looking recipe but also a lovely article to go with it that describes a festival that I didn’t know existed, which honours the changing seasons from Fall to Winter. Though we’re nearing the end of Winter here, this festival resonated with what I happened to be thinking about at the time. Here is a link to the piece.
I resonated with the lovely description of this seasonal celebration because the night before reading this post my husband and I watched a few episodes of the show Vikings. Watching this show made me reflect on how there are lots of magical ritualistic elements from the pagan past which we are currently disconnected from. But, reading this beautifully written piece about how this community in Colorado celebrates nature and the changing seasons every year, made me feel excited and insipred to know that these kinds of traditions are very much alive.
Inspired by this recipe I found, I created something similar but not the exactly the same because I wanted to use our slow cooker, and to use the ingredients we had readily available.
Here’s what I created:
Slow Cooked Cabbage and Apples
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion thinly sliced
2 apples thinly sliced
1/2 head of a large green cabbage, cored and chopped
1 1/2 cups of apple juice
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1 bay leaf
Himalayan Sea Salt
Put all of these into your slow cooker and cook on low for eight hours or on high for four hours. I cooked mine on high for four hours.
The flavours in this were delicious and unique. I ate it as a side dish for three nights in a row! Yes I did 🙂
I love how easy it is to use a slow cooker and just throw things into it, then come back later to heavenly aromas lingering in the air, and ready-to-eat deliciousness. A slow cooker is an amazing invention.
Now I’m curious to know what other kinds of seasonal festivities exist that I’m unaware of. I feel like there is a magical world that is just waiting to be discovered. If you know of any I would love for you to share in the comments below.
In appreciation for good food and nature inspired celebrations,