The kitchen needs spoons for all ocassions, so we are very lucky to have family connections to JoJo Wood and her fabulous spoon making talents (see more at JoJo’s website).
We love a spiced red cabbage but the volume of ingredients to be stirred in one of our big pans calls for a spoon of some considerable strength and size, whilst still being shapely enough to make it easy to use. JoJo’s come up with our perfect spoon and even a small notch so it hangs over the side whilst cooking.
Butter or good olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Add finely sliced onion and garlic and gently caramelise. Add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and a generous sprinkle of salt flakes. Once nicely combined start to add the sliced red cabbage and chopped red apples. This is where the use of a good wooden spoon is key for a good stir! Cover and allow to warm. Once the cabbage is starting to take on a glossy sheen add equal measures (we use 4 tablespoons of each) of spiced rum, balsamic vinegar and muscovado sugar. Cover and continue to gently simmer. Once the cabbage is cooked but still has a bit of bite, remove the lid and reduce any liquid left in the bottom of the pan.