German-Style Braised Red Cabbage with Apples

One of the side dishes that we enjoyed quite often while in Germany was braised red cabbage with apples. It was slightly sweeter than the braised cabbage that we were used to having and found it to be quite refreshing. We had it served with schnitzel, pot roast, duck, and other meats as it is a perfect compliment to gamier entrees. The only other side dish that we had as often as red cabbage was spätzle, which was often served along with the red cabbage. We served it with our pan-seared duck with a cherry compote, which was a wonderful combination. We used a granny-smith apple, but it could be done with any other apple that holds up to cooking. It was definitely a meal that reminded us of our time in Europe.

Cabbage, Apple, and Red Onion
Pan-Seared Duck with


  • 1 Medium Red Onion – thinly sliced
  • 1 Head Red Cabbage – cored and sliced
  • 1 Granny-Smith Apple – cored and cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth – preferably homemade
  • 1/2 cup Apple Juice
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 2 to 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add the onions and about a teaspoon of salt. Cook the onions until they are tender and translucent, about 7 to 8 minutes. Add the cabbage, apple, chicken broth, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper to the onions and stir to mix. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook until the cabbage for an hour.

Everything in the Dutch Oven
Cook the Red Onion Until Tender
Braised Red Cabbage with Apples

Fest Des Federweissen (Fall Wine Festival) in Frankfurt, Germany

It is hard to believe that it has been four years since we sold our home and moved to Frankfurt, Germany. It was a wonderful experience that gave us the opportunity to see many different cities and countries. During our first week in Frankfurt, we enjoyed the first of many festivals that we would get to see during our time there. The Fest Des Federweissen is a celebration of the wine harvest and specifically in Frankfurt it is about the Apfelwein. Traditionally Apfelwein is served in a pretty little jug called a Bembel and we actually received one from one our favorite restaurants as a gift before moving back to the United States.

Wine and Beer at the Festival
Our First, But Definitely Not Our Last, Glasses of Apfelwein (Bembel in the Background)
People at the Potato House
Popcorn and Other Sweets

Although wine is the star of the festival, it wouldn’t be a German festival without many varieties of food stalls, especially those selling sausages (wurst). The festival was located between Frankfurt’s busy shopping district and the old town (Altstadt) square. Although we would later go to many different Christmas markets throughout Europe, this little festival was just a small taste of what we would get to enjoy. With this year being the way it has with very little opportunities to explore places, we are definitely missing the time we spent living in Germany.

Where We Tried Our First Apfelwein
More Food to Choose From
Wine is Definitely the Star of the Festival
Starting to Get Busy

Walking Our Neighborhood in Frankfurt, Germany

One of the things that we did just before moving back to Colorado from Frankfurt was to take our normal walk through the neighborhood and take photographs. For the most part, we took them so that we would have them to remember our time there and the places that we visited frequently. They obviously aren’t the typical tourist type of pictures, but it might give you a sense of what it is like there. Our apartment was located between the university and the old opera house and we walked these streets every day as we didn’t have a car and used public transportation to get around. We got used to going to different stores with apartments above them for dry goods, meat, produce, bread, and of course the pharmacy. So, join us as we walk from our apartment building towards Altstadt in Frankfurt.

Our Apartment Building
View from the Front of the Apartment Building
The Penny Store (Dry Goods and Groceries) Across the Street from Our Apartment Building
Our Butcher
The Pharmacy on the Corner Across from Our Apartment
Offices and Apartments as We Walk Down the Street
Almost to the Opera House
Park for Everyone in the Neighborhood
Walking Around the Old Opera House
View as You Get to the Front of the Old Opera House
Subway Station Surrounded by Stores and Apartments
Main Street
Old Town Up Ahead (and Time for a Beer)