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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Inspired by Patrick Granfor’s A.D. Article,

‘Mighty Fine Stuffed Cabbage Rolls’

 

 

 

“Edju, Come Inside Now,

The Little Pigeons Are Ready!”

 

My Dear Old Polish Grandmother

 

 

It often amazes me how reading something

Can trigger such vivid childhood memories

As I began reading Patrick’s cooking article

I was transported back in time, so joyously

 

Within a flash, I was back in my old backyard

Romping with Grandma’s dog, on a snowy day

When Grandma yells “Little Pigeons Are Ready!”

Now, both Tiger and I race right inside right away

 

All my grandmother’s dishes were truly fantastic

She spent hours cooking for our family, every day

She was also an avid gardener and an animal lover

And I know that she helped shape who I am today

 

One of my favorite childhood memories, concerns her ‘Golabki’

Grandma made the best stuffed cabbage rolls in our neighborhood

I remember I was only about five-years old when I heard her shout

“Edju, come and eat some Little Pigeons, they are very, very good!”

 

I stopped dead in my tracks, and I was now in shock and disbelief

A few days prior, I had watched her rescue a pigeon that could not fly

She had even lovingly sung to it, as she skillfully mended its broken wing

And now, she was boiling up little pigeons in a pot? – I soon began to cry

 

My Grandma now stopped dead in her tracks too, and she laughed so very hard

“Edju!! We only call this meal ‘Little Pigeons’ or ‘Golabki’ because of its shape,

Do you really think I would help pigeons, just to put them in a pot and cook them?”

And soon, we both began to laugh until we cried – such a marvelous memory today

 

And today, thanks to Patrick, I will be heading over to the Polish Deli this morning

Their store-made Golabki aren’t nearly as good as my dear old grandmother’s were

But I’m sure that as I soon have them for dinner, with my good old dogs at my side

I’ll once again think of my grandmother, and those wondrous days of my yesteryear

 

 

Gołąbki (Ga-Wump-key) - a traditional Polish dish made from lightly boiled cabbage leaves which are wrapped in a parcel-like manner around minced pork or beef, chopped onions, sauerkraut, and/or rice or barley; then baked in a casserole dish in a tomato sauce.

 

Gołąbki - the plural of gołąbek, the diminutive of gołąb, meaning ‘pigeon.’ This refers to the shape of the cabbage roll; none of the ingredients have any connection with pigeon meat known as squab.

 

©January 2012, A Very Nostalgic Mr. Ed
  


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Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 1/28/2012
Your delightful nostalgia made me hungry!!
Love the Love in the receipe!!! *Mr Ed*

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Joy Hale 1/27/2012
The story and the writing can only be called excellent!

Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 1/25/2012
Patrick's recipe reminded me of my mother's cabbage rolls...guess a lot of us have memories attached to food dishes! Your grandma must have had a good chuckle at your interpretation of "little pigeons"...giggle...great story!

Anna
Reviewed by jude forese 1/24/2012
strange how one's memories can make another one hungry ...


(my friend's mom makes Golabki mouth watering)

Reviewed by John Domino 1/24/2012
Wonderful memories! Well, I checked the net and this Golabki dish is the highest rated (below). Enjoy!

http://www.food.com/recipe/cabbage-rolls-golabki-stuffed-cabbage-51782
Reviewed by Richard King 1/24/2012
Very interesting and entertaining Ed. Never knew the proper spelling or pronunciation.... (thought it was glumpky) but had a friend who made them many times for us. uuuuuuummm I can taste em now. Thanks for the memory. Dick
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 1/24/2012
Wonderful...when I was in NYC last summer I had some great polish authentic food :) yummmm...love this story, makes me think of my Grandma Perzina~
Reviewed by Connie Faust 1/24/2012
You're a good storyteller...the details made it so enjoyable, a nice introduction to your grandmother.
My pigeons are made with a hamburg/rice filling, and are one of our favorite meals.

Connie
Reviewed by Ruan Mills Burke 1/24/2012
How lucky you are to have such marvellous memories of childhood - They create such a wonderful place in the heart that some of us will never have.

Beautifully reproduced and thoroughly enjoyed.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 1/24/2012
Mr. Edju ~ Your poem is awesome to the enjoyment of your
grandmother and her delicious Little Pigeons..best of
memories are grandmothers and their pleasures of cooking
Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Laura Fall 1/24/2012
Delightfully written poetry as I happen to be Polish my maiden name is Siwicki so I can sure relate to this great write Laura
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/24/2012
They sound wonderful!
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/24/2012
Glad to be of service. But store bought??? Don't be so lazy and don't forget to crack the windows a bit. cuz p
Reviewed by JMS Bell 1/24/2012
I DON'T KNOW WHICH IS MORE BEAUTIFUL; THIS WORK THAT THE GOLABKI INSPIRED, OR...THE LOVE OF THE WRITER FOR THE GOLABKI MAKER. IN ANY CASE, WITH THIS ONE WORK, YOU'VE TOUCHED AND SATISFIED MY ARTISTIC APPETITIE AND 'NUDGED' MY PHYSICAL APPETITIE...I AM GOING TO TRY THIS RECIPE. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/24/2012
Great memories...my grandmother used to make Tapioca pudding from scratch & all for me...I used to lick the pot clean then had to have a bath because I got it all over myself...LOL, ed
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