|Sausage and cabbage for New Year's Eve with a wonderful Spanish wine from Jinny.|
Eric has been upstairs in the attic for the past several days, making loud banging noises mixed with either the sounds of NPR or '80s rock, depending on his mood. On Christmas day Eric tore up the horrible gray carpet that Nikos (our sickly cat) has graced a few too many times with his own personal way of communicating his displeasure at not feeling well. Now Eric's working on installing some beautiful faux-wood waterproof (cat-proof?) flooring. I didn't dare go up there while Eric was working, so I'm not sure which radio station corresponded with which mood. Tonight Eric has moved on to the '90s, gracing the house with the sounds of Paul Westerberg, a clear sign that the project has gone well and that he's almost finished. By tomorrow he should be back in this decade and the floor will be done. For a peek at our flooring project, jump to the end of this post.
So it's been noisy around here. When the banging and cursing get too loud, I either retreat to the basement to watch TV or find myself in the kitchen trying to create something to eat that will improve Eric's mood. Needless to say, we've had a lot of meat this weekend.
This stuff is good-mood food. It's got enough umami that Eric smiled while he was eating, the floor upstairs forgotten for the moment. There was something about the combination of sweet and tart and savory that made it comforting and satisfying all at the same time. An extra bottle of cider for me and a beer for him didn't hurt either.
Sausage with cabbage and apples
4 medium Italian sausages
1 small onion, cut in half circles
1 tsp caraway seeds
1/2 cup apple cider (the kind with the alcohol)
1/4 cabbage, cut into thin strips (about 2 cups)
2 apples, cut into thin slices
Brown the sausages. Remove the sausages and saute the onions until golden brown. Add the sausages again along with the apples and cabbage. Pour the cider over everything. Cover and cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes until the cabbage is translucent.