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Recipe for Health and Friendship

Updated on October 18, 2008

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Early in 2007, I was hospitalized for surgery, and was out of work for eight weeks. During that time, I had the opportunity to be a guest at my best friend's home. She assured me I would have to do literally nothing, that she would take care of me on my road to recovery.

During that time, my friend, who, by the way is a superb cook, prepared every breakfast, lunch and dinner, wonderful home-made everything! When the week was over, I found I had lost weight, something I couldn't seem to accomplish left to my own devices. The secret, I discovered, was because of two things, one, she used nothing but fresh items, and secondly, she was not a 'junk' eater.

She invited me back for another week, and this time, I offered to make some of the dishes she remembered from dining at my home. One night, I suggested a recipe, a cabbage dish that my grandmother and mother used to make, and she was all for it. Also, on this second visit, since I was a bit more recovered, she assigned me the task of chopping. And I do mean chopping! I never want to see another stalk of celery, a green or red pepper, onions, garlic, none of it! :) (just kidding)

During this visit, we also shared conversations about things, new things, old things re-visited from a more than 50 year friendship,,,,,I'm sure that also had a lot to do with my road to good health as well. At some point during the day or evening, our thoughts would turn to, what shall we eat tomorrow? and when I went to sleep at night, I prayed to the food gods that I wouldn't be asked to chop something yet again! The prayers went unanswered.

It is now the next morning, and off we went to the store to buy the items I needed for my cabbage dish. When we got home, I took the items and began to show her how my dish was made (it never occurred to me to ask her to chop!). Here, below is the recipe:

1/2 head of cabbage

1 medium onion, sliced

butter

flour

milk

salt and pepper to taste

First, slice (or chop) all of the cabbage (slicing works better, trust me). Then, fill a pot of water and par-boil the cabbage, just enough to make it slightly limp.

While that is boiling, in a large skillet, melt one stick of butter. Add the sliced onion and brown, stirring occasionally. Once it is browned (not burnt), add enough milk and flour to make a pasty, slightly soupy mixture, then, with a slotted spoon, take the cabbage from the pot and add to the mixture and salt/pepper to taste. Mix it well, and let simmer for about 5-7 minutes. If the cabbage is still a bit crunchy, you can simmer a bit longer. That's it,,,,, and if my memory serves me, the dish was called 'zuprashka', or some such spelling.

This was a favorite dish to have, made usually from the left-over cabbage when stuffed cabbage was made (remember, nothing went to waste in the old days), and a good Lenten meal or side dish.

Enjoy!

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      Sherri 9 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Patty, thank you so much. I'm just crazy about this dish. It's so simple, and so unbelieveably tasty, plus it has a very surprising and appealing texture. It's a real winner, and it reminds me so much of your grandmother and mother. I have to go to the grocery store, right now!

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      commentonthis7 8 years ago

      this sounds simple enough thanks

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Yes, commentonthis7, it really is simple, and makes a nice accompaniment to a meal. If you should decide to try it, let me know what you think :)

      Thanks for your comment.

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      G@D 8 years ago from Almost Heaven WV

      Hi Patty,

      That sounds a whole lot like my fried cabbage meal I do. Subsitute the butter for bacon and leave out the milk and flour. Put it in a skillet instead of a pot and ya got a new meal! Glad you had good care for your recovery. Keep writing!

      G@D

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      MMMMMMM, your recipe sounds yummy! And I just got home from the food store a little while ago,,,wish I had seen this before I left :)

      You can be sure I'll give it a try! Thanks for the kind words!

      Patty

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      Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle

      This sounds yummy.

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Thank you Stacie :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I'll have to try this out! Thanks!

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Great, hope you like it Steph! And, if you don't, no big deal, my self-esteem will only go down a notch or two! LOL, just kiddin!

      Enjoy!

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      marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

      I'm going to try this tomorrow   and you know what  ?   Cabbage is very good for you......."cabbage contains iron, calcium, and potassium. High marks are given for its vitamin C content. Cabbage is also high in vitamins B1, B2, and B3. Lengthy cooking tends to lower the nutritional value considerably."  

      try this link for interesting information and some history about cabbage...I just found it as I looked up the nutritional value of cabbage...wow   lots of info here 

      http://www.vegparadise.com/highestperch33.html&nbs... enjoy    my mouth is watering now.... 

      what really impressed me even more than the cabbage recipe is your best friend being there for you when you needed someone!!!  Wow,  I am envious of such attentive to the bone friendship....you are sooo fortunate and blessed!  When I was in the hospital for some emergency lifesaving surgery...my best friend couldn't show up cuz she was "so upset." over my near death experience...NOT KIDDING.  I still love her but it was kinda shocking. 

      I think next time I'm in need of nurturing I'm calling your friend, Trish....maybe tomorrow?   is she busy?   hahaha   teasing....how sweet that was tho!!   Marisue

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      Sherri 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Patty, marisue's a blast! Yup, recipe for health and friendship...and cabbage.

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      wow, thanks ladies,,,,,,

      so sorry about your friend marisue,,,but you do know there are people who really can't handle things like that, it's too painful for them.  We need to remember we can't be all things to all people, best friends included.  Just know that they love you in spite of their limitations.

      Sally, she sure is!  and so on top of all these hubs!  I love it lol

      PS-Marisue let me know how it comes out, I'm curious to know, and thanks for the link, will have to check it out.

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      marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

      You know i have a confession of sorts....it was kinda like I was ridin' along in the backseat with you guys...kinda like a chaparone ....but then I became embarrassed so I got out.....LOL hahaha what was that song?? .....ridin' along in my automobile...." and then the Happy Days song "I found my thrill,....on blueberry hill...." hhahaha gosh,

      welll its 10:30 and I'm hittin the hay see u nuts tomorrow

      Marisue

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Marisue, you are something else! LOL LOL,,,,I seriously doubt I need a chaperone at this age, however,,,before I left for 'the date', my daughter said ok, let's see what you're wearing,,,oh, ok, brown top, black pants, black shoes,,then, her and her bf said you have to be in by 9pm young lady, no later, oh and you HAVE to call us every 30 minutes. Geeze,,,,,,,so many people concerned for my welfare LOL

      I love it!

      thanks for writing!

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Thank you! Hope you try it, it should cure whatever ails you LOL,,,

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      Ricardo Nunes 8 years ago from Portugal

      I loved the way you blended healthy food and friendship together. Healthy food always taste better when we are among good friends ;)

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Hello funride,

      You are absolutely right! Glad you enjoyed the hub,

      Patty

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi trish, I like this one...recipe for health and friendship. I recall many a times, beautiful moments were shared over food. LOL to friendships and great healthy food, cheers! :)

      --michelle

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Hi ripplemaker,

      I think good memories connected with food also stem from family dinners at home, or at the grandparents' home. Cooking was a big production and it took a lot of time, certainly well worth the wait :)

      Thanks for your comments and stopping by,

      Trish

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      talented_ink 8 years ago from USA

      I know a lot of people have been talking about the recipe, but trish1048, you are very lucky to have your best friend and she's lucky to have you. Taking care of you when you're sick and knowing that you'd do the same...definitely the right recipe for friendship.

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      hi talented_ink,

      I agree. We've really been blessed. Neither of us has a sister, so even though we're only friends, we consider ourselves sisters. There's an expression I heard, that there are friends of the road, and friends of the heart. We definitely are friends of the heart.

      Thanks so much for stopping by,

      Trish

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