Today has been a ‘getting organised for Christmas’ day. We’ve done the Christmas shopping and the Christmas making. We like to feel we’re putting the thought and the feeling back into Christmas (well, that’s our excuse anyway) by not spending too much. Two of our Christmas presents for other people are made by us. Someone will be getting a jar of muhammara and another person will be getting a lovely big jar of pickled red cabbage.
We did quite a few posts last winter on the Turkish love of pickled vegetables and pickled red cabbage is included in that. These days, we struggle to get through a serving of gözleme without devouring a plate or two of pickled red cabbage and other pickled vegetables; peppers, carrots, aubergines, white cabbage.
Anyway, here is our pickled red cabbage recipe. I made it last Christmas and it went down very well with all concerned. It’s actually an old Mrs Beeton recipe and I like it because of the spices in the vinegar.
- First of all, take all the outer leaves from a medium-sized red cabbage and cut it lengthways, through the heart, into quarters.
- Cut out the thick white stem, and slice the rest of the cabbage into thin shreds.
- Lay all the cabbage out onto a plate and sprinkle salt over it. The cabbage is supposed to be covered and left overnight like this but I just waited a few hours.
- Add some crushed black pepper, a pinch of freshly grated ginger and a little chilli powder to a pan.
- Pour around 75cl of vinegar over the spices and bring to the boil.
- After the vinegar has boiled for a couple of minutes, remove it from the heat and leave to cool.
Glass jars are readily available on the Fethiye markets, maybe because Turkish people love their pickled vegetables so much. We usually use empty jam jars and the like but, well, it is Christmas so we splashed out 1 lira for a dedicated pickled red cabbage jar.
- Add the cabbage to your chosen jar (our jar holds about a litre) and then pour the cooled vinegar through a sieve and over the top of the cabbage.
Seal the jar and leave it for a day or two before opening it. All ready for Christmas Day, Turkish pickled vegetables have made a decent Christmas present. It’s the thought that counts!