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Braised Red Cabbage with Chinese Flavours

Braised Red Cabbage with Chinese Flavours

After reading a few recipes that used Asian flavours to spice red cabbage I have been experimenting and this is my version of a
differently spiced red cabbage and what has become by new
favourite way of preparing red cabbage.

Red cabbage is bold enough that it can handle the strong Asian
flavours used in this dish. Delicious as a side dish for grilled or
barbecued lamb or pork chops.

Braised Red Cabbage with Chinese Flavours

The aroma of this dish while it is cooking is enough to make you want to eat it straight out of the pot!

Serves 4

1 small to medium red cabbage, finely shredded
1 onion, diced
2 small red chillies, sliced – I used Bird’s eye
2 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
4 star anise
4 garlic cloves, chopped
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
¼ cup brown sugar
sesame seeds
1 tbsp sesame oil

1              Place cabbage, onion, chillies, ginger, star anise, garlic,
vinegar, soy sauce and brown sugar in a large saucepan, add a splash of water. Cover, place over a medium heat, bring to simmering and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated and cabbage has wilted.

2              Remove lid and continue cooking, stirring regularly, until
remaining juices become sticky and glaze the cabbage. Serve
drizzled with sesame oil and scattered with sesame seeds.

Where did the ingredients for this dish come from:
Red cabbage, onion, garlic: Krismaw Gardens – Hastings; From the freezer: chillies; Store Cupboard Ingredients: ginger, star anise,
vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame seeds, sesame oil.

Note: Many of these producers can be found at the Napier Urban Food Market each Saturday morning and/or at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’
Market each Sunday morning.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe by Rachel Blackmore

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Fish with Sesame Braised Kale

Fish with Sesame Braised KaleThere is a recipe very similar to this over on Serious Eats and when I tried this way of cooking kale it was a game changer.

It teams brilliantly with fish, but is also fabulous with chicken and pork.

Fish with Sesame Braised Kale

On this occasion I used cavolo nero, but Russian or curly kale also work just as well.

Serves 4

vegetable oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 bunch kale or cavolo nero, stems removed and chopped, leaves chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 small red chilli, seeds removed (optional), thinly sliced
½ cup Chinese rice cooking wine
4 x 150g firm white fish fillets – on this occasion I used bluenose
2 tbsp soy sauce
sesame oil
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

1              Place a splash of vegetable oil, onion and cavolo nero stems in a large frying pan with a lid over a medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 8-10 minutes or until onion is soft and
translucent.

2              Add garlic, ginger and chilli and cook, tossing for about 1
minute or until fragrant. Add kale leaves, toss to coat with oil
mixture, add rice wine, bring to simmering, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until kale wilts and is tender.

3              Remove lid from pan, place fish fillets on top of kale mixture, drizzle with soy sauce and a little sesame oil, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until fish flakes when tested with a fork – exact cooking time is going to depend on the thickness of the fish.

4              To serve, divide kale mixture between serving plates, top with fish and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Where did the ingredients for this dish come from:
Fish: Tangaroa Seafoods – Napier; Onion, garlic: Krismaw Gardens – Hastings; Red chilli: Orcona Chillis n’ Peppers – Hastings; Cavolo nero: JJ Organics – Napier; Store Cupboard Ingredients: vegetable oil, ginger, soy sauce, Chinese rice cooking wine, sesame oil, sesame seeds.

Note: Many of these producers can be found at the Napier Urban Food Market each Saturday morning and/or at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’
Market each Sunday morning.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe slightly adapted by Rachel Blackmore

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