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Pricey stuffed cabbage rolls

So this week when I'm doing my grocery shopping I notice in the kosher frozen food section a fairly large box of frozen cabbage rolls. I grew up with my mother's Polish cooking, so I have always been a big fan of gołąbki. I'm thinking that these frozen gołąbki might not be too bad, so I check for a price and can't find one anywhere. Not on the box, not on the display shelf. I figure a box this size might run 8 or 9 dollars, and I'm willing to pay that because I love gołąbki.

At checkout I keep my eye on the register when the box of cabbage rolls is scanned. I nearly choked: $15.64. What the heck? I ask the cashier to remove the box from my order. They could not have been that good.

I guess I'll have to make my own gołąbki.


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Jan. 13th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
I love gołąbki, but have never seen it written out before so I had assumed it was another playful nickname that my Polish grandparents gave to a dish they'd make... like panty-cakes. Since my initial realization that panty-cakes were not a dish known to all mankind (however laughable by all), I have hesitated in using the names my grandparents gave to their native dishes.
Jan. 13th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Gołąbki are for real, all right. As is the case for many imported foreign words, there are various pronunciations. The Anglicized version is roughly phonetic, go-lab-key. The correct, Polish, pronunciation is guh-wuhmp-key. The letter ł (hard L) sounds like a w.

I'm wondering about your grandparents' panty-cakes. Were they potato pancakes? My mother and grandmother often made those. And served them with sour cream. We had sour cream on almost everything.
Jan. 13th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
As I learned at my first sleepover when my friend's mother came in and asked what we wanted for breakfast, panty-cakes are actually regular old pancakes. My grandmother does also make potato pancakes and loves to put sour cream on them (much like most other dishes).
Jan. 14th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
Did your mother make her potato pancakes from leftover mashed potatoes or from grated raw potatoes? I was just wondering because I have eaten them both ways. When I was young, my grandmother made them with leftover mashed potatoes. Then, after I got married, my father-in-law made them with grated raw potatoes. I like them both ways, although there is no way to compare them because they are totally different with regard to taste, texture, and aroma. Neither kind were served with sour cream. Sounds good, though. I will have to give that a try.
Jan. 14th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
If I remember correctly, my grandmother made only the kind with grated potatoes and my mother made both. I like both kinds but prefer the one with grated potatoes.

When we were living in Germany we learned of a similar German dish called Pickert, which I find really delicious.
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