Thursday, January 14, 2010

A better wife.

Meal time hasn't been very exciting lately. My husband and I have been burnt out, him with writing his thesis and me with the babies- at some point they became terrorists and I find myself navigating all sorts of mine fields, booby traps and doing my level best to avoid possible conflict. Which is hard, you never know what their list of demands are going to be and they never agree amongst themselves. If one is appeased the other is sure to be flailing about, stomping his or her feet and throwing something. I have reverted into a safe place; the kitchen. The meals have been reflecting the state of the home, the mood and the weather. 

World's Best Braised Green Cabbage

From 'All About Braising' by Molly Stevens.

  •  2 lbs of green cabbage, remove bruised and wilted leaves, sliced into 8 wedges
  • 1 large yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot cut into 1/4 in rounds
  • 1/4 cup water or stock (veggie or chicken) * it is such a small amount I used water.
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 tsp crushed chili flakes or to taste* optional
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly oil a gratin dish or baking dish/sheet with high sides.

Arrange cabbage wedges on the the dish/sheet, scatter carrots and onion over. Drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle, salt, pepper and chili flakes.

Cover with tinfoil and bake in oven for 2 hrs. After an hour turn the wedges, keeping together as best as you can. Add additional water if if the braise is drying out.

Once cabbage is completely soft, remove the foil, increase oven to 400 degrees, (At this point you can add a small amount of balsamic vinegar to make the cabbage sweeter, Molly Stevens recommends 1 1/2 tbsp, turn wedges with tongs to distribute) and brown for 15 minutes longer. 

Sadly we do not get to eat this today- my husband is working late on his thesis and I will pick him up and we will go out for dinner. If I was a better wife I would have the chicken roasted, potatoes mashed, a salad made and a Manhattan for him the moment he walks in the door. Luckily for me the braise is suppose to be even better ttomorrow.

Serve it either at room temperature or popped it back into the oven at a moderate heat for about 20 minutes the next day.

photos by me.


  1. Oh, I remember the days! They don't last forever. In hindsight, you will be amazed at how the time passes quickly.

    Yorur braised cabbage looks absolutely delightful.

  2. oh my lil one is the same way, pleased you get some space in the kitchen lol Rebecca

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  4. For the first time in weeks we woke up to sun and the babies in a good mood. It is like the last 2 weeks have been erased.

  5. Hi Megan

    I came across your lovely blog and thought you might like to take a peek at mine. I live in the French Alps and write about food and renovating our old watermill. Would you be interested in exchanging links? I am now following you.





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