A healthy side dish of braised cabbage with rich spices – a perfect Sunday roast or Christmas dinner accompaniment.


  • 1 red cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 star anise
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 200ml vegetable stock or water
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 75ml cider vinegar
  • 2 apples, cored and cut into wedges


  • STEP 1. Place all the ingredients except for the apples in a large saucepan and season. Place over a medium heat, bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 30 mins. Add the apples, then continue cooking for 15 mins until tender.