Slow Cooker Braised Red Cabbage and Apple

Slow Cooker Braised Red Cabbage and Apple | hungryandconfused.com

I know that spring will soon be upon us and most people will be stowing their slow cookers away until the colder months come around again but I thought I’d try and sneak one last wintry recipe.

I’ll still be keeping my trusty slow cooker out and trying to use it for more innovative recipes throughout the year, but there’s nothing quite like the smell of dishes like this braised red cabbage and apple wafting through your kitchen on a frosty day.

This dish is often served in the UK alongside hotpot, stews and savoury pies, but it’s so versatile as a side dish that it could really be eaten with any kind of meat veggie entree. It has a wonderful warmth from the spices and a tangy sweetness from the apples and vinegar – not to mention a vibrant purple colour that livens up any plateful.

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Sir Hummus, Amsterdam

Sir Hummus Amsterdam | Hungry and Confused

Sir Hummus started life as a delivery service for the hummus-loving people of Amsterdam – a way of getting fresh hummus delivered straight to your door. Despite both Scott and I being hummus obsessives enthusiasts, we never partook of this service. Some may say that we were too lazy to even get something delivered – I like to think that we were instead choosing to give back to our local neighbourhood by buying fresh hummus from our local Turkish greengrocer instead.

But imagine our delight when we heard the news that Sir Hummus had opened their own shop-cum-cafe in nearby De Pijp.This meant that not only could we try their hummus as a whole meal in a cute cafe setting, but also that we’d get a bit of exercise cycling over there. We were sold.

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Sweet and Spicy Chickpea and Butternut Squash Soup

Sweet and Spicy Chickpea and Butternut Squash Soup | Hungry and Confused

I brought you soup. Sweet and spicy, deliciously thick chickpea and butternut squash soup, to be exact.

This recipe is a slightly adapted version of one from Thomasina Miers, ex-Masterchef contestant and co-owner of the ever-popular Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca. It’s from her Mexican food cookbook, one of my bookshelf favourites (although now that we’re vegetarian, the number of recipes I can re-create has dwindled). 

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Cinnamon Pecan Sour Cream Cake

Cinnamon Pecan Sour Cream Cake | Hungry and Confused

This is one of those warm, gooey, comforting cakes that makes you feel good inside. 

In essence, this cinnamon pecan sour cream cake tastes a lot like a cinnamon pecan roll in cake form. Except with a baked crust on top and gooeyness underneath. But, you get the idea.

Having baked this on Valentine’s Day (Scott has a fondness for all vanilla/pecan type desserts) we then proceeded to eat big hunks of it for the next three days. Yep, I also forgot to mention that it’s big.

This is supposed to be a cinnamon swirl cake; as in, you mix big blobs of the batter with the pecan cinnamon sugar mixture to create a swirl throughout. But honestly, you do tend to lose a bit of that effect through baking, and it doesn’t matter one bit. In actuality, it helps to keep the whole cake moist, because the cinnamon sugar seeps through the yellow cake batter and caramelises.

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