A Monday Morning Cooking Club Recipe for Sukkot
The Jewish festival of Sukkot is coming up this week, a time that celebrates the harvest. Lots of fruit, vegetables and grains are consumed, and many consider it the perfect time to make stuffed foods which signify a bountiful harvest. Think kreplach (aka Jewish ravioli, top pic) and stuffed capsiscums, apple pies (middle pic) and rolled strudels (bottom pic).
These fabulous Monday Morning Cooking Club cabbage rolls fit the bill perfectly – a do-ahead and heartwarming recipe from the old world. A true heirloom from my late Aunty Myrna. This recipe was first published in The Feast Goes On.
The cabbage roll recipe is just below, and you will find the other recipes in our books, as follows:
Kreplach, Monday Morning Cooking Club p.175
Yolan’s Apple Pie, The Feast Goes On p.
Cela’s Apple Strudel, Monday Morning Cooking Club p. 194
Polish Apple Strudel. It’s Always About the Food, p. 270
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.