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  • Christmas cabbage and pear foodadit recipe

Inspired by the traditional German Rotkohl, this dish is a fusion of all those favourite festive spices that we know so well, but with a bit of a twist! Try experimenting with the spices, cooking oils and using apple instead of pear. Serve it as a simple side or, if you are can't get enough, make it the base for any Christmas meal you’re preparing.


  • 1 red cabbage approximately 750g
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 whole raw beetroot
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp of ground anise
  • 12 cloves
  • 2 tsp of coriander
  • 1 tsp of nutmeg
  • 500ml vegetable broth
  • 200g pear
  • 1 tsp rice syrup (optional)
  • 2 tbsp of red wine vinegar

Here’s how you make it

  1. Peel and chop the raw beetroot.
  2. Place the coconut oil in a big pan and let it melt.
  3. When it’s hot, add the beetroot, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the spices – the bayleaf, cinnamon, nutmeg, anise and coriander.
  5. Add the red cabbage and red wine vinegar and let it simmer, covered for 5 minutes.
  6. Roughly chop the pear into long strands. I prefer chunky fruit and vegetables but you can decide how you’d like to present it.
  7. Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes and stir occasionally.
  8. Allow to cool.
  9. Enjoy this dish hot or cold!

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Contributor Alanna Lawley

Pictures by Kasia Zacharko
Date Added 17/12/2015
Type Preparation Time 0h 10m Cooking Time 0h 45m Serves 10