Are you pondering St. Patrick’s Day? I modestly propose a fusion pairing of Irish corned beef and Bulgarian cabbage. The recipe for the later was part of our daughter Emilia’s patrimony when we adopted her at age 10 from Bulgaria. With no English, she took us shopping for the ingredients in Austin, TX while we waited for her citizenship hearing (citizenship wasn’t automatic then). It was the first dish she cooked for us and we were quite impressed. The next time you’re hankering for Irish-Bulgarian Fusion, or just delicious winter food, try Emilia’s cabbage. You’ll need:
1 cabbage, chopped
1 onion, chopped
4-6 slices of thick, smoked bacon
4 T paprika
T Vegetable oil
2 T olive oil (optional)
Saute the onion in the oil. In a separate pan, saute the bacon. Chop the cabbage and put in large, flat baking dish. Mix with 2 T paprika. Add bacon and its grease and onion and its oil. Mix well with another 2 T paprika. I know, it’s a lot of paprika, but your goal is that the cabbage looks like the picture, sort of rosy. And this is Eastern Europe, remember. Paprika Land. Emilia drizzles on a couple more T of olive oil because she likes oil. You can do this or not. Bake for about an hour at 350, turning several times.