The other day Jonathan and I made sarmale, a traditional Romanian food consisting of rice, onions, and usually pork wrapped up in sour cabbage leaves (think unshredded sauerkraut). We left the pork out of ours, but they turned out delicious!
First you buy a head of sour cabbage from the piata and separate some of the leaves.
Then you cook up the rice, fry the onions, throw in a few spices, and mix.
|Yum... we ate the leftovers just by themselves.|
Next you wrap the rice mixture in the cabbage leaves.
Arrange the sarmale in a pot and let cook for a while.
Finally, enjoy! :)
After dinner, we stuck the pot of leftover sarmale on the windowsill outside so as not to take up so much room in the refrigerator. The next morning, the pot was still on the windowsill, but the heavy lid was on the ground, right side up. (??) We're not sure what kind of creature could lift the lid, but apparently their efforts were not worth their time, as only one sarmale looked like it had been nibbled upon. Apparently whatever removed the lid doesn't like sour cabbage too much... No matter: we just reheated them well and enjoyed the leftovers. :)