Tuesday, March 16, 2010
March 17TH~ St-Patrick's Day~
I decided on Cabbage Rolls for this week..I am not sure these are Irish at all:) But they were green~:)And my part Irish genes were involved~
I rendered bacon..added onions and garlic..some red pepper flakes..some Bahamian Hot sauce..(How Irish is that?:) )
Let cool..added the beef(or pork..! I should have marked the portions I had frozen individually)..pre-cooked leftover rice and home made roasted red peppers..salt and peppper..The mixture smelled great..
I banched the cabbage and filled and rolled w/ the mixture..
I made a tomato sauce..sweet/spicy with the leftover bacon/onion..garlic.. Chili Sauce etc..And a vegetable juice.. poured over all and some at the bottom of the dish..The dish was lined w/ cabbage too~
And .. I had blanched Asian Garlic scapes To Tie Up~To Package:)
I like comfort meals like this..all done in the morning early..and then all you do at the end of the day is pop the casserole in the oven..
We both loved this dish..the cabbage had kept a bit of it's crunch..the smokiness of the bacon..the roasted red peppers and the sweetness of the chili sauce with the garlic scapes all played a major role~
I wish you all a Happy St-Patrick's Day and leave you with a little anecdote and treasures~
When I first started working at my job almost 28 years ago..there was a silver haired lady that had been doing the same job forever~
You must know what I mean by forever~
We visited homes in our late 20's and 30's 40's..while she was in her 70's ..we in our flat heeled shoes.. realtors....while she previewed and viewed and presented in high heels~ With silver hair and a lifetime of memories~An Irish Lass~:)
I still remember a ring she wore.. It said MIZPAH..I still remember who she(L.O.) said it was from..:"K.W."
He was gone by then..but I had known of him..
She is gone now..but that ring and those words.. have never left me~
It was one of the most romantic moments I ever witnessed..the day I asked her what that ring meant..and what it meant to her~
Have a wondrous St-Patrick's day~
My grandfather was of Irish descent.. married a French Canadian girl..my maiden name is Irish~My mother tongue is French~My married name is French~
Confused? It's all good:) It works~
The spoons /Killarney~..are from my mom..origins? I don't know..who had them before her~:(
The napkins are from my great neighbor ..who met her husband in Ireland(another great love story~)..
And the small Shamrock/ rhinestone pin~ from my great great aunt~landed on my lap~ And I cherish it~