27 February 2011

Who needs Food TV?

I spent the day cooking with mom yesterday.  Once before, we had spent the day making my grandma's Cabbage Rolls together so that I could learn to make them myself since they are one of my husband's favorite dishes.  For some reason, I did not write any directions on this particular day so I called my mom yesterday and asked her if I brought supplies, could we have a second go and I'd write the recipe down this time around.  She of course said 'yes' so I showed up a bit later loaded down with the groceries that she had told me to buy.  We spent the day cooking and I now know why I didn't have, and still don't have, a recipe written down.  It's one of those recipes where everything is 'eyeballed' as far as amounts and once again, I left there with a vague notion of what to do but no clear instructions.

Monkey see...

...monkey do.

So, next time, I will try to make them myself at home and write down a usable recipe, and then I'll learn to make them as well myself as my grandma made them and my mom now makes them. Regardless, it was a fun day and we capped it off with a scrumptious dinner followed by a night of Bezzerwizzer. I'm thinking maybe I'll have to have mom help me just one more time before I attempt these rolls on my own ~ it was much more fun making them with her and then spending the evening together!

I'm a monkey just like you.  Thanks, mom ;)
 On the knitting front, I'm working on Iceland by Kieran Foley.  It's slow going since I am adding beads to mine but I'm loving the result.  I'm not sure it will be large enough to wear as a shawl since the Ecobutterfly Organics Pakucho Lace Cotton I'm using is not going to block much bigger than it is right now, but if it doesn't, it will make a beautiful table runner during the wintertime.  It looked lovely on my mom's teak dining table yesterday when I was showing her how it looks at the halfway mark.
Half an Iceland
Hope everyone has a great upcoming week and hopefully, there will be some new photos of the knitting attic next weekend!  ~ Melissa


  1. It is so nice to see you and your mom having a wonderful day :) Your shawl is looking mighty lovely!

  2. We did have a ton of fun! Next Sunday is movie day at my folks and my brother and sister and their families and I are going over for a double feature - 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Amadeus'. Musical lovers only - my husband is gladly going fishing instead ;)

  3. I'll bet you totally made your Mum's day!

  4. I think she was pretty happy ~ she was waiting at the front door when I pulled up ;)

  5. It was fun. Looking forward to doing it again!

  6. Looks like you two had a great time.

    Would love to know more about these Cabbage Rolls.

    Your Iceland is looking great, maybe even "front cover" magazine worthy?~ he he

  7. Your Iceland knitting project is so lovely. And making cabbage rolls with your mom sounds wonderful. I love cabbage rolls, and try to make them in the summer when we have lots of cabbage in our garden and then freeze them.

  8. Kelli ~ they rolls are loaded with diced onion ~ and if you leave it out they wouldn't be the same

    Tamra ~ my mom and I made 2 cabbages worth of rolls...enough for dinner that night, leftovers the next night and we both have some frozen for later! I'm sure yours are even more delicious with homegrown cabbage!