East Midlands Food

East Midlands Food

Just like my mother used to make…

An unusual recipe project was run by Ayscoughee Hall Museum in Spalding in 2008. People born in the UK, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania were invited to talk about the food they loved and hated from their childhood, and staff at Spalding Library helped them to locate the recipes in books or through the Internet. A local food store recreated the recipes ‘with delicious results for everyone to taste and reminisce over’. Here is a recipe for Balandeliai or Cabbage Rolls, chosen by a woman born in Lithuania, and reproduced by permission of the Museum. I’ll pass on some of the other recipes over the next few weeks.

Balandeliai or Cabbage Rolls

8 large cabbage leaves

60g chopped smoked bacon

 75g rice

200g minced meat

Pinch of salt & pepper

1 teaspoon sweet paprika powder

1 onion

1 red pepper

500ml stock

1 egg

1/4 teaspoon marjoram  

1. Boil a large head of cabbage for about 5 mins. Peel off about 8 leaves.

2. Finely chop the onion and bacon and fry them up.

3. Pour on some of the stock, sprinkle in the rice and simmer for 15 mins.

4. Dice the pepper, mix it into the minced meat, sprinkle on the spices, add the egg and mix together.

5. Spoon the mixture onto cabbage leaves and wrap them into rolls. Put the cabbage rolls into a cooking pot, pour on the rest of the stock and bake with the lid on.  

The Spring 2010 edition (no. 44) of The Dustsheet, the newsletter of the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland (ROLLR) also includes a recipe for Stuffed Cabbage from a 1922 recipe book. In this instance, the heart was scooped out of the cabbage and stuffed with a mixture of the cabbage, minced cold cooked beef or mutton and seasoning. It was then covered with a large outer leaf, tied up with string and stewed in stock until tender – ‘a most economical and tasty dish’.

 
 

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A research project that looked at various aspects of food in the East Midlands, linking them with museum displays and objects in the region, and making the results available to as many people as possible in different formats.

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