Monday Morning Cooking Club: Recipes from the old world
My food inspiration stems from my Bubba (grandmother) Shendel but it is one of her daughters who inspires me the most. Aunty Myrna, my father’s older sister who passed away in 2004, was a horserace-loving, cigarette smoking, platinum blonde with a heart bigger than any. Polish-born, she immigrated to Melbourne as a young child in the 30s with my father and their family. She had a wonderful broad Australian ‘Carlton’ accent with just a hint of eastern Europe.
After Myrna married, she and husband Sol ran a tiny shop – part newsagent and part delicatessen – where truck drivers lined up for her superb homemade European delicacies. Sitting at her vinyl-clothed kitchen table with the ‘wireless’ on and the form guide open, she would force-feed me rugelach, tiny sultana strudels, butter chiffon.
I regret that my serious interest in her recipes came too late. Many of them are now lost and will never be made again. I miss her greatly but it is through the few recipes I did write down that she now stands beside me in my kitchen, beaming. And when I make her amazing cabbage rolls for my family, Aunty Myrna joins us at the table.
This is a pic (from L to R) of me, my sister in law Jo and Aunty Myrna from 2003.
This recipe has recently been published in The Feast Goes On.
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The topic this month is favourite childhood summer memories . . . but since we are in the middle of winter here in Sydney, it’s hard to channel summer. So I’m going to share my favourite childhood food memory, but it’s one that’s probably best enjoyed in the winter months.
Check out these amazing posts from the #LetsLunch folk. Who wants to join in next month?
Summer Memories: Salt Water Taffy from Karen
Check out an original; Mung Bean Popcicles from Grace
Or this Malaysian treat: Char Kuey Teow from Eleanor
From the land down under: Aunty Myrna’s Cabbage Rolls from Lisa
A Filipino delight: Suam na Mais from Betty Ann
Aunty Number one’s dish (love the title):Fresh Peach Ice Cream from Linda
Poolside noodles in Singapore: Char Bee Hoon from Cheryl
A clever “sammy” of ham & eggs from Vivian
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