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MMMM - Lunch! 
4th-Jan-2008 12:16 pm
Okay, I have NO idea how this just happened here, but the planets aligned perfectly or something and it's going to make a really great lunch.

We normally go grocery shopping on Saturdays, so by Friday it's slim pickings for lunch and dinner - unless I have already planned the menu for the week and have things on hand for mealtimes. By midweek, I'm having reinvented leftovers for lunch or building off of existing things independent of individual meals. For instance, I love kimchi and make my own, which usually means I have the stuff on hand to eat with other things, just by itself, or as the centerpiece of kimchi pancakes (they're unbelievably good - I make a vinegar/soy/chili dipping sauce) or kimchi soup. I made the pancakes for lunch the other day when lolasenvy was here, I introduced them to her a while back (after meeting her resistance about the kimchi with my home made stuff and making yet another convert) and also made kimchi fried rice. Having used all my kimchi up, I had none leftover and REALLY want some - so I went for my leftovers.

Hmmm... What is in this here fridge... Hmmm...

There's some leftover roasted new potatoes, and a head of cabbage, and a giant sweet onion... EUREKA!! I'll have some bubble & squeak! I love the stuff, it's great comfort food. I prefer it with leftover cabbage and leftover potatoes, and chop my potatoes up roughly instead of using mashed ones. I prefer the texture, that's all. My favorite way to cook cabbage is the way the Venetians do it, by sauteeing a sliced onion in olive oil over low heat until it is nice and golden brown - then cranking the heat up to high and adding chopped cabbage and some salt & pepper, stir frying it until the cabbage begins to soften - then you dial the heat down to medium, cover the pan, and let the cabbage and onions cook down until everything is nice and soft, stirring everything a couple of times and recovering the pan. For bubble & squeak, I throw in the chopped potatoes just as the cabbage is at the stage I want it, covering the pan for a few minutes until the potatoes heat through, then mash them down slightly to break them up in the pan a bit. Scoot everything into the center of a hot skillet with a bit of butter or olive oil if needed, and form a solid mass, like a patty. Once it browns nicely on the bottom, carefully flip it and brown the other side.
5th-Jan-2008 08:39 am (UTC) - Ever try haluski?
Introducing me to haluski is, in and of itself, enough to buy Pittsburgh its life when I take over the world.

-- some onions
-- some cabbage
-- some egg noodles (buy them, make them, whatever)
-- a little salt, a little pepper
-- a couple of arteries worth of butter

Sautee the onion in the butter over medium heat until the onion clarifies (or browns, if you like). Add in the cabbage and stir often until it cooks down some. Add a little salt and a little pepper (go easy). Put the lid on, turn it down to simmer, and do something else for forty-five minutes or so, with a break here and there to stir.

Somewhere in there, boil the egg noodles to somewhere just shy of al dente, then drain them well or lay them out on a cloth to dry.

Take off the lid. Look in. Ask yourself, "Does this need more butter?" Answer yourself, "Yes, dumbass. It's butter." Throw in some butter, then stir in the noodles. Cover again and go away for half an hour or until you remember you're cooking it. (I have yet to ruin a batch of haluski by simmering it too long. It's in butter.) Test for salt, pepper, and butter content. Adjust as needed. Eat and die happy.

I like mine with a lot of caramelized onion, a fair amount of cabbage, and a few thick, homemade noodles.

Edit: You can, of course, also add potatoes, or use potato noodles, or eat this over potatoes, or carve little hats out of potatoes and wear them on your head while eating it. Poland will not judge you.

Edited at 2008-01-05 08:40 am (UTC)
5th-Jan-2008 06:10 pm (UTC) - Re: Ever try haluski?
Answer yourself, "Yes, dumbass. It's

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