30 May 2020 4:16 a.m. (NZT)
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A german favourite is Red pickled cabbage. According to our expert Alex, it tastes better the “day after” or defrosted.

1 red cabbage
2 apples
2 onions
3 cups of apple juice
1 cup of water
12 cloves
2 bay leaf (optional)
1 pinch cinnamon (optional)
½ cup sugar
¼ cup vinegar (white)

1.   Cut one red cabbage in quarters. Take out the middle bit. Then chop into thin stripes.
2.   Peel the apples and cut them into thin stripes.
3.   Prepare 2 onions (red or brown) by placing 4 – 6 cloves into them.
4.   Add water, vinegar, apple juice and sugar into a pot and start to heat it up (if you like it sweet add a few shots of blackberry syrup or some more sugar).
5.   Start boiling a quarter of the thinly cut cabbage and the apples stripes in the mixture. Add the onions (and the bay leaves and some cinnamon).
6.   Stir occasionally.
7.   Once the cabbage starts to get soft keep adding until the whole cabbage is used. If there isn’t enough liquid, top up with some apple juice.
8.   Simmer for approximately 30 to 40 min.
9.   Make sure the cabbage is completely cooked through! Taste test: the cabbage flavour has to be overpowered by the aroma of cloves and sweet apple (juice)
10. Take out the onions and the bay leaves (watch out for lost clovers).
11. Serve with lamb, beef, pork or chicken.
12. Mashed or boiled potatoes are the perfect accompaniment with this dish.
Typically a winter dish, Alex just can’t get enough of the Cauliflower Mince Gratin with Mashed Potatoes.  She loves it so much that its on her menu all year round!

1 medium to large Cauliflower
1 kg Mince
Baby Peas
Cheese (Tasty or Colby)
Rosemary or Marjoram (what ever preference you have)

Cut cauliflower in smaller pieces. Boil until soft.
Boil potatoes (Agria or Moonlight)
Fry mince until cooked. Add salt, pepper and rosemary (or marjoram).
Add peas.

Put mince mix into a large oven dish. Arrange cauliflower on top. Grind cheese over cauliflower.
Bake in the oven (approx. 150 Degrees) until cheese melted and golden.

Add 1 cup of milk and 2 table spoons of butter to boiled potatoes.
Mash until creamy.

Serve the Gratin with your Mashed Potatoes.

Kathy’s family is part-Chilean which gives them access to some great South American potato recipes. Here is a favorite of their whole family, tortilla de papas.

1 - 1.3kg potatoes (ideally a waxy that holds its shape when cooked) peeled and very thinly sliced.
1 medium onion, very finely chopped
8 eggs
1-2 cups of Olive oil

Heat oil in a non stick pan (I use a wok). Sprinkle a good amount of salt over potatoes and fry/sauté. Keep stirring or "moving" them in the pan, so that they don't brown or stick together. Avoid breaking the slices (this is down to the type of spud). Do this until they are cooked (8-10 minutes).
I love these easy home-made pickles and always have some on hand stashed away in my fridge. Takes your hum-drum lunchtime sandwiches into a whole other level. Great accompaniment to hamburgers too. Enjoy!  -Amy 

I like how this comfort soup brings me good memories of my mom's delicious homecooked meals. Using pureed potato instead of flour to thicken, makes this soup healthy and hearty.  A good perk-up, cheer-up soup for those down with the flu... This is a special soup to warm up the spirit on a cold day.  -Winnie

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