Day 354: Pot O’ Glumpki

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I know I keep posting about glumpki, but I promise this is my last one. The process if very fastinating to me. I haven’t cooked anything similar to this before.

After mixing the meat and rice, blanching the cabbage and rolling the glumpki it is packed into a heavy bottomed pot that is lined with cabbage leaves.

After cleaning the pot I found out why we line it with extra leaves. There were two to four leaves that burned a bit, but all the glumpki were perfectly cooked.

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We added four cans of diced tomatoes (I think) and a couple mini cans of tomatoe juice. We used plain diced tomatoes, but I wonder, for next time, how a garlic and herb spiced would taste.

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Day 352: Wrapping up Glumpki

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Next step, in making glumpki is the shave down the vein of each cabbage leaf as needed. Makes rolling and eating easier.

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Roll together a small ball of the meat/rice concoction and roll it up in the prepped cabbage leaf.

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Rinse and repeat. Or watch Kit wrap some cabbage rolls.

Day 351: Cabbage Blanch

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Cabbage blanching!
Step one in making the cabbage rolls that our cousins taught us how to make. My hubbster had some Polish Aunts in his family. There are many carefully written recipes in teeny cursive that those lovely ladies left behind.

Maybe blanching is the wrong word, but essentially we submerged the cabbage heads in hot, near boiling, water until the leaves peeled away easily. Each leaf becomes the delectable wrapper for the meat.

[Not pictured] Kit mixing the 2 kinds of ground meat, rice and spices together in a large bowl by hand.

Day 320: Sprouts!

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After only three days the little kale and cabbage have sprouted.
Look at the life erupting from the earth here!! It is an amazing amount of effort that goes into emerging from the dirt…at least in my opinion.

They have started stretching to one side. Yearning for as much sunlight as possible. Of course I want to move the seed tray every time I see them leaning, but I must hold back.

No word from the tomatoes yet, but I will be patient. They are fairly fast to sprout.
This part of gardening always makes me want to grab an old battered umbrella and make the plants grow higher. I want my plants to grow just like they do for Totoro (forest spirit) and the little girls in the cartoon. Wonderment

Good green post for St. Patrick’s Day!
I hope you are wearing or growing your green today.
Take care—Kat