To reward myself for our Préfecture triumph I went home and purchased Jean M. Auel's new book, "The Land of Painted Caves". Her series, set in prehistoric France/Spain, had been on my mind since seeing the cave near Seyssinet-Periset on the weekend. When I Googled to find out where the caves in the novels were located, I found out that a new book was being released on March 29, 2011 - what a coincidence! The last novel wasn't very good (very derivative of the first four books in the series), but I can't help but wonder how it's all going to turn out. This was also my first e-book purchase ever - although I don't have an e-reader, I can read it on my laptop.
While I sat down to an afternoon of reading I planned a leisurely dinner dish - Julia Child's red cabbage, braised in red wine. Here's a modified version of her recipe, which is what I made based on our small oven and a few ingredient substitutions - delicious!
Half Batch of Julia Child's Braised Red Cabbage with Red Wine
1/8 lb sausage
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/2 cup sliced onion
2 Tbsp butter
1 lb (3 or 4 cups) small red cabbage, quartered and cut into 1/2" slices
2 cups diced tart apples
1 clove mashed garlic
2 ground bay leavves (if you only have dried leaves, soak first and then chop as finely as possible)
1/8 tsp clove
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 cup good, young red wine (Bordeaux, Chianti)
1cup chicken stock
Salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 325 degrees (or in Europe, th 7).
Chop the sausage into strips 1 1/2" long & 1/4" across. Cook the sauage, carrots and onion in the butter slowly in a large, covered pot for 10 minutes on medium-low heat without browning. Stir in the cabbage leaves and when well covered with the butter and vegetables, cook at the same temperature slowly for 10 minutes. Add all additional ingredients and increase heat. Bring to a simmer on top of the stove.
Transfer to a glass casserole dish, cover tightly with foil and place in the middle of the preheated oven. Regulate heat so cabbage bubbles slowly for 2 to 3 hours until all the liquid has been absorbed by the cabbage. Serves 4 people.