[FHCx48] National Cabbage Day/National Café Au Lait Day

Don’t mix these two together…

IT’S NATIONAL CABBAGE DAY AND CAFÉ AU LAIT DAY!

Cabbage is pretty awesome, and often takes second fiddle to lettuce (sometimes third to spinach, but who’s counting). The major downside to cabbage is that it smells pretty rank when you cook it. So I think most people generally avoid it. But it’s very good! One of SP‘s favorite Japanese foods involves cabbage: Okonomiyaki.

Tonight we celebrated our Eastern European heritage by making Cabbage Rolls. These particular cabbage rolls are of the Ashkenazi variety, and we call them Holishkes. You make a meat filling with rice, egg, onion, garlic, and ground meat, wrap it up in boiled cabbage leaves, and then cook with a tomato sauce. Recipe included!

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1 lb 93% lean ground beef, 1/2 large onion (diced), 5 cloves garlic (minced), 1 egg, 1/4 cup milk, and 1 cup cooked rice. Some salt and pepper to taste.

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AK boils the cabbage and tongs out some leaves.

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Take 1/4 cup of the meat filling at a time and form a log on a lettuce leaf. Cut off the fibrous corner of the cabbage to maximize edibility.

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And it makes a wittle cabbage!

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The sauce is 16oz tomato sauce, 3 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tbsp lemon juice, and 1 tsp worcestershire. Pack the rolls into a slow cooker and let them go on super-low for 10 hours.

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Dinner is served!

The stuffing was fantastic. It’s hard to go wrong with onions, garlic, meat, and rice. The cabbage was cooked perfectly. It’s just a coating to keep things together and doesn’t annoy with little shreds of inedible weirdness. The flavor of the cabbage itself is really awesome, as all of the weird soapiness of raw cabbage dissipates. We weren’t as much a fan of the sauce, as it reminded us too much of Spaghetti-Os. So maybe next time we’d change that. Otherwise, an amazing dinner!

Well, as you know, neither of us really like coffee. So Café Au Lait day was brought to us by our friends at Lund’s & Byerly’s Bakery section. They make these amazing desserts and we had to pick one up. It’s coffee, it has milk, and… it’s in a cup! So I guess that’s how we’ll observe the holiday.

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Behold: The Café Au Lait of SPAK – Tiramisu chocolate cup

It was a great way to ingest coffee without succumbing to normal coffee. Yes, yes, we know. It’s not the same. However, we might get bored with our FHC if we don’t go for some interpretations here and there!

Tomorrow is crab-stuffed flounder day! You read read that last sentence right. You read that last sentence wrong.

-SPAK

 

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