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Red Cabbage

Recipe inspired by the book “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

“‘Hateful day when I received life!’ I exclaimed in agony. Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred.’”

“‘These were the reflections of my hours of despondency and solitude; but when I contemplated the virtues of the cottagers, their amiable and benevolent dispositions, I persuaded myself that when they should become acquainted with my admiration of their virtues they would compassionate me and overlook my personal deformity. ”

“Could they turn from their door one, however monstrous, who solicited their compassion and friendship? I resolved, at least, not to despair, but in every way to fit myself for an interview with them which would decide my fate. I postponed this attempt for some months longer, for the importance attached to its success inspired me with a dread lest I should fail.

Besides, I found that my understanding improved so much with every day’s experience that I was unwilling to commence this undertaking until a few more months should have added to my sagacity.”

Red Cabbage

Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine German
Keyword Frankenstein, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 10 servings


  • 2 tbsp bacon fat or olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 medium apples cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves or 3 whole cloves
  • 2 1/2 lbs red cabbage, shredded about one medium head
  • 2/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup dry red wine


  1. In large dutch oven or casserole with a lid, melt the bacon fat on medium low heat. 

  2. Add onions, apples, sugar, salt, and cloves and sauté for 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally. 

  3. Turn to medium high and add the cabbage, red wine, and vinegar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low-low (so it is just simmering) and cover.

  4. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. If it seems to get dry, add more wine or water. Cook until tender and everything should be completely purple. 

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