Month: December 2012

Red cabbage with bacon and hazelnuts

 Red cabbage with hazelnuts and bacon

Red cabbage seems to work wonderfully with duck. We have used this recipe (sometimes with slices of peeled granny smith apple through the cabbage) with duck breasts for Christmas dinner. It is ridiculously easy but adds wonderful colour to any plate!

Olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ red cabbage, shredded
125ml best red wine vinegar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup parsley, preferably flat leaf
10 rashers finely sliced bacon, grilled until crisp*
½ cup hazelnuts, roasted and skinned

Roast and skin the hazelnuts.

Heat a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat and add a little olive oil. Add onion and garlic and sweat until onion is transparent. Add cabbage to pan and sauté until softened.

Add vinegar and brown sugar, mix lightly, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Remove lid and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Just before serving, fold in parsley, then top with crisp bacon and scatter with hazelnuts.

*To crisp the bacon, place in a single layer under the griller and grill until crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.

Baked Ham with Guinness and Cardamon Glaze

Baked Ham with Cardamon and Guinness Glaze

Dad doesn’t really like baked ham; we have a leg of ham so rarely that he feels that it is unnecessary. But every time we’ve served this it has been a huge success. It is probably the most succulent way to cook a ham.

Smoked or cooked leg ham, usually about 10-12 kg.
1½ cups Guinness stout
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 tablespoons stout extra

Thin pineapple slices
Parsley, finely chopped

Firstly, remove the skin from the ham. This can be done the night before, in which case the ham should be re-covered with the skin, then wrapped in aluminium foil and refrigerated overnight.

To remove the skin, preheat the oven to 160C and heat the ham, in a large baking dish, for ½ hour. Remove from oven and carefully peel the skin from the ham, using a small knife to help you. Try not to tear the fat. Score the fat in a diamond pattern; cut the skin off the bone and wrap the bone in aluminium foil.

Preheat the oven to 160C.

Pour 1½ cups of Guinness over the ham and bake for1 ½ – 2 hours depending on the size of the ham. Remove from oven and score the fat, cutting in even diagonal lines both ways, so that you create even diamond shapes over the surface. Baste with pan juices.

Increase oven heat to 200C.

Mix together the sugar and spices and add just enough stout to form a thick paste. Spread the paste over the ham and bake in hot oven for a further 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and decorate with chopped parsley. Arrange pineapple rings on platter with the ham if desired.

Baked Ham with Guiness and cardamon glaze