I love, love, love watching “A Christmas Story” as part of our holiday. There’s something so appealing about the story of Ralphie and his single-minded pursuit of a Red Rider BB gun.
Food plays a big role in the movie. There’s the classic turkey scene, which leads to the duck beheading, of course. But I have always been fascinated by the food Ralphie’s mom serves throughout the movie.
There’s the big pot of cabbage stewing on the stove for what appears to be days, and judging by Ralphie’s recoil on opening the pot must be stinky. and there’s the famous “eat like a piggie” scene where Ralphie’s little brother Randy will only eat his mashed potatoes and peas if he puts his face in them like a pig. She’s also a big fan of meatloaf.
I’ve always wanted to make the meatloaf /mashed potato meal with braised cabbage and apples as an homage to the movie. And this year for a special Christmas countdown meal, I made it.
When I went to my favorite butcher at Santa Cruz market, asking for a pound and a half of their amazing ground chuck and a half pound of ground pork, I explained my vision. The butcher loved the idea.
I served it with a quick brown sauce made from the Knorr’s mix (I was tired and cheated) to which I added wine and a touch of thyme.
It came out well and judging from everyone’s reactions, it may be a new tradition.
Braised red cabbage and apples
¼ cup olive oil
1 small head of red cabbage, cored and diced into 1-inch pieces
1 large apple—try pink lady. cored and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 to 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste.
Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chopped cabbage and apples. Allow to cook on high heat while stirring constantly until wilted, about 8-10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. When cabbage is wilted add chicken broth as needed so there’s enough fluid to cover the bottom of the pan by more than ½ inch. Bring to boil, then lower heat and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Another one down: The Port Hueneme farmers market has closed. According to Port Hueneme Deputy City Manager Carmen Nichols, market manager Raw Inspiration closed the market at the foot of the Hueneme pier because of a lack of customers.