"I think it's nice that there are all different kinds of lunches and breakfasts and dinners and snacks. I think eating is nice." – Albert from Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell C. Hoban
It’s wintertime. That means lots of winter squashes and other roots – they’re affordable, store well and add a necessary starchy sweetness to so many dishes. Cabbage works well in winter – it can be prepared in salad form or cooked into soups and other sides. A dish like this could be played with – add some thinly slice carrots and/or celery and even peeled (or not) apples to play up their natural sweetness and tone down the vegetal quality of the dish. If you added apples, I’d take out the tomatoes and reduce the peppers or remove entirely from the dish but you could still season it as indicated, or add in a sweet spice like cinnamon or allspice or even zippier, garam masala, which I love. For those who like more for dinner, this can easily be served alongside whatever you’d like, or on top of a grain or with pasta. You could stir fry chicken and add it to the dish or have it with crisply browned tofu for a chewy addition. For those who like it plain or on rice, let’s say, top it with toasted walnuts or pecans for a nutty finish.
2 medium onions, chopped
3 medium red peppers, chopped or thinly sliced
1-2 tsp cumin seed
1 tbsp ground coriander
Salt & pepper
Pinch of hot pepper flakes
1/2 – 1 whole cabbage, thinly sliced (depends on size, I had a big one, used half)
3/4-1 cup chopped tomatoes
White wine and/or apple juice, water
4 zucchinis, cut into half moons
Method: Saute the onion for 5 minutes. Add seasonings and mix them through the onions well, and cook another 3 until softened. Add the peppers and the cabbage and continue to saute until the cabbage begins to wilt. Add the tomatoes and the liquid – you want it slightly saucy but not soupy – and cook until tender enough for you. Add the zucchini in after about 10 minutes or so. Could take another 15-20 minutes if you like it soft.
Optional: Add a handful of raisins with the tomatoes and the liquid for a sweet note. Serve with a sprinkle of chopped toasted walnuts or pecans.