You know those weeks that just wear you down? Those weeks where by Friday at 2pm, you’re kinda’ cranky, sorta’ grumbly, and hella’ worn out?
Yeah, me, too.
They happen. They’re part of life and that’s okay. When they come around, I can tell you that one of my favorite and most effective ways of dealing with them is to make this dish. But, I must make this dish in a particular way. It goes something like this:
Step 1: Crank up some music. I recommend music that is easy to dance around to in the kitchen and can be sung along with. My favorites for this scenario are: Amanda Palmer and Caro Emerald. I dump the albums into a playlist on my computer, turn on shuffle, and click play. Out from my speakers then comes big, strong female vocals with stellar music and lyrics. I also recommend vintage rat-pack era playlists on Songza (Sinatra and his buddies) for this purpose.
Step 2: Pour yourself a glass of wine. I almost exclusively drink red and prefer Bordeaux and Cotes du Rhone (in case you feel like sending me a bottle!).
Step 3. Gather ingredients for below meal and begin chopping.
Step 4: Follow cooking instructions below, while taking plenty of time to swirl your glass of wine, sip at it frequently, shimmy around the kitchen, and burst into song with whatever verses most compel you to release your inner vocalist.
Step 5: Lower music and gather around to eat finished meal with company of your choice. Let the comforting, warm flavors continue to help you unwind and welcome the weekend.
Slow Cooked Cabbage with Paprika and Noodles
Adapted from The Local Cook
* 4 tblpns light butter or Earth Balance
* 1 large yellow onion, diced
* 2-3 tblspns Hungarian paprika
* 1 large head of green cabbage, shredded
* heavy sprinking of kosher salt, to taste
* 12 ounces of no-yolk egg noodles (or vegan noodle of your choice)
* 3/4 cup frozen green peas
* black pepper and/or red pepper flakes for serving
1. In a dutch oven (preferable) or large pot, melt butter or Earth balance over medium heat
2. Add the diced onion and saute until very soft, about 10 minutes or so. Take your time with this and let the onion really cook slowly.
3. Add 2 tblspns paprika and stir well, so that the onions are coated.
4. Add shredded cabbage and a good couple pinches of salt. Stir well until the cabbage, onions, and paprika are well mixed. Take a look at this point, if your cabbage is not well coated with paprika, add up to one tablespoon more until it is.
5. Cover pot, reduce heat to low and cook slowly for 60-75 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is cooked very soft.
6. When the cabbage is nearly done, go ahead and cook your noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
7. Add peas and cooked noodles to the cabbage and stir to incorporate. Cook 3-4 minutes, until all items are heated through. (Note: If you have an anti-pea person in your home, you can heat up the peas separately and add them to individual servings.)
8. Serve with pepper of your choice for a bit of kick to contrast the sweetness of the paprika.