It is lovely here today, providing you are in a warm room with all the doors and windows tight-shut, and have plenty of warm clothes on. It is wall-to-wall sunshine and a very brisk North wind blowing. The lane is icy and the snow lies on the fields.
It was our morning when we meet for coffee in town and when the farmer goes to the Auction Mart just to see what sort of prices the livestock is fetching.
In other words, we arrive home at more or less lunchtime and need something warming. Often I do a stir fry or have made a batch of soup. Today there was shepherds' pie left from yesterday and with it we had my absolute favourite vegetable dish at this time of year. All the old winter vegetables - carrots, parsnips, savoy cabbage, sprouts - begin to look rather tired and I think we all begin to long for the first of the new season's greens. (are you looking forward to asparagus like I am).
I made a red cabbage casserole. Thought you might be interested in my recipe:
1 red cabbage quartered, cored and sliced fairly thinly.
2 Bramley apples quartered, cored (but peel left on) and chopped up.
A few onions peeled, halved and sliced into half moons.
A handful of frozen cranberries.
A handful of sultanas.
A desertspoonful of capers.
Two tablespoonsful of brown sugar.
A good splash of white wine vinegar.
A good sized knob of butter (this gives the dish a nice shine).
Throw the lot in together and stir over a low heat until the butter has melted and the veg have begun to give up their juices. Then put into a low oven and cook for an hour - or longer if you are out and about. The resultant shiny, gooey mess is delicious. Trust me.