Kordal

Name | Hometown | Currently Reside In?

Brooklyn

Is your work influenced by season or changing weather?

Definitely, as soon as it gets cooler out I begin thinking about new knitwear pieces and textures.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten in the mail?

Concert tickets!

What is your favorite holiday tradition (new or old)?

My family is mostly Polish, so every Thanksgiving we get together and make perogies from scratch. It’s so much fun to drink wine, hang with my cousins and aunts and slow down for a few hours.

How do you find comfort? Self-care rituals?

I love using Korean face masks, a friend of mine introduced me to them last year and I love putting them on after a long shower. I also love cuddling with my two kitties Banjo & Desi.

Do you have a favorite fall/winter/holiday memory?

Not a specific one, but I just love the overall mood and feelings. Going on hikes while the leaves are changing, drinking hot tea and cider, staying inside and watching movies with my guy. I just love that the cooler weather forces you to slow down a bit and nest.

What is your go-to holiday dish?

I absolutely love this African Stew, not very holiday but just super delicious and perfect for a cold winter day.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, pressed
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 3 cups cubed sweet potatoes (1-inch cubes)
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 1 cup apple juice or 1 cup apricot juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated peeled gingerroot, fresh
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, fresh (optional)
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 1⁄2-2 cups chopped okra
  • 1⁄2 cup natural-style peanut butter

Instructions:
Sauté the onions in the oil for about 10 minutes. Stir in the cayenne and garlic and sauté for a couple more minutes. Add the cabbage and sweet potatoes and sauté, covered for a few minutes. Mix in the juices, salt, ginger, cilantro, and tomatoes. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are tender. Add the okra and simmer for 5 minutes more. Stir in the peanut butter, place the pan on a heat diffuser, and simmer gently until ready to serve. Add more juice or water if the stew is too thick.

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