Quarter the red cabbage and remove the core, then finely shred. Tip into a large pan with the red onion, brown sugar, cider vinegar, red wine, butter and cinnamon stick and season well. Bring to a simmer, then cover with a lid, lower the heat and cook for 1 1/ 2 hrs, stirring every so often. Remove the lid and continue cooking for 30 mins until tender. Will keep for two days, or can be frozen for two months. Reheat until piping hot.
Twists: Preserved lemon & cranberry
Put the chopped peel of 1 large or 2 small preserved lemons (discard the pith, pulp and seeds) in a large pan with 100g fresh or frozen cranberries, 1 tsp ground coriander, 6 cloves and 1 tbsp honey. Replace the red wine with 150ml cranberry juice, add the other ingredients and cook as per the recipe above.
Twists: Apple & ginger wine
Put 2 chopped eating apples, 2 star anise, 2 slices ginger and 1/2 tsp mixed spice in a large pan. Replace the red wine with 150ml ginger wine, add the other ingredients and cook as per the recipe above.
Twists: Bacon, maple & pecan
Heat a drizzle of vegetable oil in a large pan and fry 4 chopped smoked bacon rashers. When crispy, add 2 tbsp maple syrup, the pared zest of 1 orange and 50g roughly chopped pecans. Add the other ingredients and cook as per the recipe above.