These are sweet and sour cabbage rolls that feature lemon juice (the sour) and raisins (the sweet). I left out the rice and just went for a meat and onion filling. I also used a brown sugar replacement so that it wouldn't be too many carbohydrates for the diabetic. I don't think anyone noticed. I've also made this with soya ground beef from time to time.
The recipe I used comes from Traditional Jewish Cooking by, Betty S. Goldberg. I'll share the recipe as printed.
1/2 cup long grain rice
1 cup cold water
1 head green cabbage (2 1/2-3 lbs)
boiling water for the cabbage leaves
1 pound lean ground beef (mince)
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (I used already ground because I'm vulgar)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 egg graded large
1 28 ounce can whole tomatoes, cut up. Reserve the juice
1 cup chopped onion (in addition to onion above)
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup dark raisins
additional salt, pepper, lemon juice, and sugar to taste
In a 1 quart pot, bring the rice and 1 cup of water to a boil. Reduce the heat just enough so that the water keeps boiling, and cook uncovered for 10 minutes. The water should be absorbed but the rice will be not quite tender. Set aside to cool.
To soften the cabbage leaves, plunge the whole head of cabbage into a pot of boiling water large enough to accommodate the head completely. The whole head of cabbage must be covered by the water. Turn off the heat. Allow the cabbage to sit for 5 minutes. Remove the cabbage, cut out the core and carefully peel off 12 leaves. You can also place the cabbage in the freezer overnight, or microwave it for a minute on high.
Shred the remaining cabbage and set aside.
For the filling, use your hands to mix together the ground beef, rice, optional salt, pepper, 1/4 cup onion, and egg. If you like, cook a small amount so you can taste and correct the seasonings.
Divide the mixture into 12 even sized mounds. Shape each mound into an oblong and place it on the center of the leaf. Fold over the top and bottom, then overlap the sides making a tight package. Cut out the tough ribs as necessary to make the leaves fold easily . (Note: I put the filling at the bottom and roll them like dolmas, but do whatever feels right to you).
Place the shredded cabbage, tomatoes and juice, chopped onion, lemon juice, brown sugar, and raisins in an 8 quart pot with a lid. Set the cabbage rolls down gently on the mixture. Bring to a boil over moderate heat. Reduce to a gentle boil (I'd say a simmer will do it) and cover the pot. Cook 1 1/2-2 hours. The cabbage leaves around the meat should be very tender. Taste the sauce and correct the seasonings.
To blend the flavors, turn off the heat and allow the stuffed cabbage t to rest about 15 minutes before serving.
She suggests three per person, but I'd figure 4-5 depending on what you serve with it.
Everyone full now? OK, let's move on to clothes.
My mother hated that sweater almost as much as she hated my dark green men's wool overcoat that reached my ankles and made me look like a child playing dress-up in adult clothing. I didn't care, it was warm and made me look sufficiently strange that no one messed with me on public transportation, or leaving work late at night.
Despite threatening to dispose of both items, she never followed through likely knowing I would have been seriously angry as they were bought with my own money. I was living at home and taking care of her, which I did until she died in 1992 (when I promptly moved across the country before her body was cold) but if she appreciated the help she never said. She did however have opinions about my clothing. It didn't matter.
Generally, I didn't like Carole Little's clothing lines, particularly the St. Tropez West collections as they felt a little old for me at the time, but I loved that sweater. I still don't feel drawn to her pieces when they turn up in thrift stores but every once in a while something reminds me of my beloved sweater and I succumb to handing over cash for it.
I'm not big on memorabilia, but if I was looking for something to sum up the waning days of 2019 pre-covid a volcano congratulating itself for a good explosion feels...appropriate. I don't know whether to wear these or get a giant poster frame, and hang them as art.