AKA “Omi Knows Best”

The word “Omi” in German means “grandmother”. When I hear this word I immediately think of the strong matriarch of my family, caring and loving who always made sure that you never went home hungry, may she rest in peace. When I sit back and think about my Omi, I can’t help but think of her amazing skills in the kitchen and her delicious recipes which she learned at a young age in Germany during World War II. One of her most famous recipes was her 100% authentic German red cabbage dish which she would make every holiday occasion and more specifically, reminds me of many happy Thanksgiving dinners surrounded by family. I’ve decided to share this family secret with all my faithful followers here on The Organic Artisan.

Notes: This recipe was handwritten in a book my grandmother gave me, half in German so I will attempt to translate. Please forgive me for any bad grammar or any ingredients that don’t include quantities. Omi cooked everything by hand and from memory so you may need to go light handed on the seasoning, taste and then add more as needed for taste.



  1. Shred red cabbage and remove the inner stem/white parts.
  2. Heat the butter in a large pot.
  3. Add the cabbage, apple slices, onion, salt, pepper, cloves, bay leaf, vinegar and sugar.
  4. Add a little water (about 1/2 cup) and let simmer for about 45 minutes. Check after 30 minutes and add more water if necessary.
  5. Cabbage is ready when you are able to mash the cabbage with a masher or even just a fork.
  6. Remove from the heat and dish out into a bowl to serve.

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