I found the inspiration for this on Maggie's wonderful blog, Kitchen Diaries Challenge 2010 , hence the name. I'd never have thought of doing anything like this without her inspiration. The Christmas bit is because some of the other ingredients were left overs from making the Christmas stuffing today (now safely sleeping in the freezer).
I have just enjoyed the most delicious dinner, so would like to share it with my lovely readers.
Maggie's Gorgeous Christmas Cabbage with Bacon, Chestnuts and Cranberries
2 rashers of Spoilt Pig back bacon, cut into strips (it's excellent - no nasty water or white stuff when it's fried, well worth the extra cost)
half a small-ish onion, finely sliced
a little olive oil, only if needed
1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
about 60g vacuum packed chestnuts, roughly chopped (or fresh, I suppose, but they need to be cooked)
Savoy cabbage, ribs removed and discarded, finely shredded and washed well (it's OK to have water remaining on the leaves)
About 20 to 30g dried, dried sweetened cranberries, set to soak in a little boiling water
a very heaped tsp Philly light (ordinary teaspoon, not a 5ml measure)
Salt and pepper
Prepare everything and set the cranberries to soak.
In a wok, dry fry the bacon, stirring, until the fat runs, then continue frying until it's turning crispy. Add the sliced onion and a little olive oil (only if needed) and continue stir frying until the onion softens.
Then add the chopped garlic and the chestnuts and stir fry for a couple of minutes more.
Add the shredded cabbage and the water from the soaking cranberries and cook, stirring continuously, until the cabbage has softened but still retains a bit of a crunch. Season with salt and pepper (you don't need much of either).
Finally, add the Philly and stir until it has all melted and then stir in the cranberries.
Serve immediately and enjoy! I loved it!
In other news, perhaps more appropriate for the other blog really, I bought some cord jeans in a size below and - and - and found that they fitted!!! I'm wearing them now and they are comfortable. OK, so they must, have to be, be a generous fit but even so - wow! Just the encouragement I needed. I'm happy!