Sauerkraut with Apples and Onions

This dish is probably best served in the fall, but it can also serve as the last hurrah of winter, as we move into warmer months. You should still be able to find good apples and the sauerkraut is store-bought. Some sauerkraut comes with caraway seeds added. This is a good option if you don’t keep caraway seeds on hand.

1 large onion, chopped
2 sweet apples, sliced or coarsely chopped
16 ozs sauerkraut
Caraway seeds (optional)

Saute onion in a small amount of oil. As the onion starts to wilt, add apples and continue sautéing, and stirring until the apples start to brown a bit. Then add sauerkraut. If the sauerkraut doesn’t have caraway seeds added — or if you want more — sprinkle in caraway seeds. I can’t say how much because it depends on if the sauerkraut already has some, and it depends on your personal taste. Stir and simmer covered until the apples are cooked (but not mushy).

This lovely savory dish likely has Germanic origins so if you like it you may also like Nancy’s Kohl und Pinkel. (Kale and Sausage)

Swedish Apple Pie

swedish apple pie


Swedish apple pie is one of our favourite desserts.  Not only is it delicious (especially with ice cream – soy, of course) but it is simple to make.  The recipe was given to me about ten years ago by a co-worker.  She had no idea why it was called *Swedish* apple pie since there is nothing particularly Swedish about it, but the name has stuck.  This recipe is a vegan variation – the kind of sugar and flour you use is up to you.

Fill a pie dish 3/4 full (about 6 apples, peeled and sliced)

Sprinkle with 1 tsp cinnamon mixed with 1 tbsp sugar

Now make the batter:

Melt 3/4 cup butter (Earth Balance butter sticks are easy to measure)

Add:  1 cup sugar, 1 flax egg, and 1 cup flour (To make the flax egg stir together 1 tbsp flax seed and 3 tbsp water.  It is best to make the flax egg before you start making the pie as it needs time to thicken.)

Pour the hot batter over the apples and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

While this dessert is lovely by itself, it’s also nice with vanilla ice cream and/or berries.