Seasonal Market Produce

Last week, I went to the Lansdowne Christmas Market for some Christmas vibes and to do my local, in-season vegetable shopping. Although it does not seem like there would be much produce in a Canadian winter, there is actually a bounty of fresh food. So, after a wonderful few hours wandering the isles (yes, I am pokey), I left with cabbages, apples, gifts and some herbal treats, and home I went to make some delicious food!

There is a myth that delicious food takes a complicated recipe or some expert knowledge. But quality, fresh, local ingredients just stand on their own. Here is a simple recipe I made with my purchases.

Cabbage and Apple Saute

This wonderful winter dish does not show well, but you won’t be disappointed with the flavour! It does not help that there was no time to stage it… it was being eaten right from the pan!

  • 1 medium onion sliced into strips
  • 1 small cabbage sliced in thin strips – (about 3 cups)
  • 1 large red apple cut into small wedges
  • 1/4 teaspoon of fennel seeds ground
  • Himalayan pink sea salt to taste
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil like the Rallis brand

In a medium pan, add the olive oil and onion, beginning with a higher heat. Add sea salt and sweat the onions, then reduce heat, and cook low and slow until nicely caramelized. Add the cabbage and continue to cook until the cabbage is is soft, sweet and lightly browned on the ends. Add the apples and fennel, saute for a few minutes and then cover. Cook until the apples have completely broken down.

To make this dish festive and to provide a tart burst of flavour, try adding some cranberries when adding the apples.

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