Bigos – Meaty Baked Cabbage

Bigos – Meaty Baked Cabbage

For Christmas I was lucky enough to be the recipient of a Tefal 10 in 1 Multicooker and I’ve been eager to test it out and give it a whirl.

It’s a great piece of kit and if you struggle with making a risotto like I do, this is the thing for you. I don’t want to give too much away, so click on the link and take a look. Just a quick note, if you do choose to treat yourself via the link above – I’ll earn a little something, but it won’t affect the price you pay.

Anyway! The first meal I’ve cooked with Tefal 10 in 1 Multicooker is one that I’ve wanted to make for a while, but lacked the confidence. It’s a very simplified version of a Polish dish called Bigos.

If you want to give this recipe ago it’s worth seeking out your local specialist Polish delicatessen or Polish shop in order to get hold of some authentic ingredients.

Ingredients

400g – 500g smoked sausage cut into coins
1 large savoy cabbage cut into thin strips (or a large jar of sauerkraut)
4 large tomatoes cut into eights
1 large onion diced
1 large carrot diced
1 tablespoon of sweet paprika
250g of button mushrooms cut into slices
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh dill to garnish

Method

1. First, fry off the smoked sausage, onion and carrot until the onions are soft and sausage begins to colour. Season with salt and pepper and then add the sweet paprika.
2. Incorporate the mushrooms into the mix and fry for two to three minutes more.
3. Add the shredded cabbage (or sauerkraut) and tomatoes into the pot and stir.
4. Turn onto a medium heat, cover and cook for approximately 35-40 minutes until the cabbage is soft.
5. Garnish with fresh dill.

To be fair, if you don’t have a Tefal 10 in 1 Multicooker, a Le Creuset Casserole dish or a large saucepan will suffice.

As they say in Poland – smacznego! πŸ™‚

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

This recipe is great if you have a bunch of bananas in the fruit bowl that that are starting ripen a bit too much and you need to use a whole batch before they turn for good.

IngredientsΒ 

180g Self-raising flour (sifted)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large riped bananas, mashed
150g dark brown sugar
1 egg
75g butter, melted

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Place 12 paper baking cases in a muffin tin.
2. Mash the bananas in a bowl with a fork and gently melt the butter in a microwave or on the hob.
3. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
4. Add the brown sugar to the mashed bananas along with melted butter and the eggs.
5. Gradually fold the flour into the banana mixture and incorporate well.
6. Spoon the mix evenly into the a muffin.
7. Bake in the over for 30 minutes or until they have risen and are golden brown.

To finish, dust with icing sugar.