Yesterday was the first day of winter. On our rather mild east coast of Australia, we know this, not because the leaves have fallen off the trees, or birds have migrated north – but because it was the first day of June – the month that contains the shortest day of the year. So it must be winter – right?
In truth, the weather the last couple of days has been a little chilly. Overnight 8’c (46’f), daytime top 17’c (62’f). Cool enough to wear a jumper in the day, and put the heater on at night. If it’s not yet time for hearty winter meals, it never will be.
On impulse, I’d bought a whole red cabbage. The price, compared to a half, made it worthwhile. But that’s a lot of cabbage for two people. So I pulled the stockpot out again, even though I didn’t have a clear idea what I intended to do next.
Because I had bought a rack of smoked ribs from a nearby Macedonian delicatessen, frying onion, garlic, and paprika seemed a good start. Then I threw in a beef stock-cube and the chopped cabbage and fried that a bit, before adding a can of tomatoes and some water.
When it all seemed to be cooking nicely, I cut a few ribs off the rack and placed them on top, put the lid on tightly, and left the lot plopping away. A while later I turned up the heat and reduced the mix a bit, and presto! A tasty, slightly spicy lunch.
Not to be outdone, Bill decided to make nachos for dinner. It’s not something we’ve ever prepared at home before, but at cafe lunches he often finds it a suitable gluten-free choice.
His presentation was superior to mine – an appealing mix of colour to tempt the appetite. He mixed a can of black beans with the beef mince, and melted the cheese through – which is why it doesn’t show clearly in this photo. The result was tasty and very filling!
No call for between-meal snacking in our house today 🙂