Friday, January 01, 2010

Hoppin' 2010

It's a great New Year's Day tradition to eat a meal of rice, beans, a little meat, and some folding money — I mean leafy greens. Hoppin' John. This is supposed to bring good fortune, and so far, it has been a success for me. I mean, I'm not rich but I'm stupidly happy.
Last year Cranky and I subverted the paradigm and ate a Hawaiian-ish New Year's Day meal of Spam musubi with edamame beans and kimchi. I guess it worked; we haven't had our house go into foreclosure.
So this year we went to a different part of the world for our inspiration. Poland.
What we came up with was stuffed Savoy cabbage leaves. The filling is rice and beans, a little chopped ham, bound with a touch of tomato sauce and flavored with the tiniest pinch of five-spice powder.
Last time I talked about stuffed cabbage, I learned from readers that there is a non-sloppy method of cooking the packets: You saute them in butter. Oh, man, I am so there.
Et, voilà. Topped with a smidge of crème fraîche.
We're calling it Hoppin' Januariusz.
Happy New Year, everybody.


Kailyn said...

Yum. But where's the pork? Don't you want some prosperity as well?

Happy New Year!

cookiecrumb said...

Kailyn: You're right! I had to edit the post. There was ham involved; just perfect. ;)
Prospero Ano!

dancingmorganmouse said...

Ooo, we had pork last night, new year day - so, prosperity here we come! Wheeeeeee.
Also, yummy, what a pretty little parcel.

the sandwich life said...

Happy New Year....I enjoyed your posts last year and look forward to them well....THIS year I guess....

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: Best wishes for prosperity and cat health for you. xxx

Sandwich: Aw! Please come by often. xxx

katiez said...

I've newly re-discovered Savoy cabbage (yeah, I know).... Fry in butter, eh - I can do that.
Happy 2010!

Lannae said...

Happy New Year! Looking forward to more yummy blog posts to read in 2010!

cookiecrumb said...

Katie: I admit to being a little remiss on Savoy cabbage too. But it's wonderful; so sweet. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

Lannae: All the best in 2010 to you, too.

Hungry Dog said...

Five spice is a good idea for dealing with cabbage. Like your blog, I'll be back!

Rev. Biggles said...

I'm out of lard. Was going to make split pea soup and I'm out of lard. Humph.

xo, Biggles

cookiecrumb said...

Hungry Dog: Good, I'll be looking for you.

Biggles: Out of lard? Impossible. Out of bacon grease? Out of duck fat? Whooie.

Rev. Biggles said...

Yeah, it's like that. I had salty pizza delivered.

The Rev