My Mom's Delights
Growing up with Mom's Kitchen
This is going to be a project in the making!
There are a ton of things I remember fondly from my Mom's kitchen, but it will take time to remember them all and get her to give me her 'recipe' (rather a list of ingredients! lol She never really measures anything with anything other than her Phi x Thumb x Eye formula!) for it.
My Mom has her own way of cooking that sometimes reminds me of the Druid Miraculix from the Asterix & Obelix comic books. Miraculix takes a bunch of stuff, throws it in a cauldron and
PUFF, out comes the magical creation so potent that it can make you do wondrous things.
In our case (my sister and I) it usually concerned doing the hated dishwasher! ...It took magic to make us do it! lol
But there will be more as soon as I get it. And maybe some day I can let you in on some wonders of German Christmas gifts that will ensnare your senses; as Professor Snape puts it in the first Harry Potter movie!
Just to make your mouth water: My Mom makes the best Stollen, especially the 'Mohn' Stollen, I have ever eaten!
Krautrouladen - Mom's Style
You will need:
- White cabbage or a cabbage/China cabbage mix
- Ground meat
- Butcher string or wooden sticks (the cooking type, grin)
In a large pot, cook your potatoes any way you like them. I personally love to make home-made fresh potatoes with garlic, fresh green herbs, some diced bacon and 6-pepper mix!
Heat water in a large pot. Add the carefully separated white cabbage leafs until they start getting glassy/cooked/soft.
Mix the ground meat with mustard, salt (I honestly cook salt-free.), pepper (my Mom prefers black pepper; I prefer a 6 pepper mix.) and nutmeg.
Lay the leafs carefully out. First the smaller ones! Form a roll with the ground meat and lay it in the center of the leaf. Roll it up tight and keep adding layers of leafs. Most people add just a few, but I only add the meat for the taste and my ration is usually 80% cabbage and 20% meat!
Secure the leafs with butcher string or wooden stick.
In a pot or large skillet, lay out some bacon and then add the cabbage rolls. Cover them with hot water until they are about 3/4 covered. Cook for 30-40 minutes.
Serve with potatoes and garnish with fresh herbs and some of the bacon.