Let’s Eat — A Writer’s Guide to Cooking

You’ll be comforted to know that I have four equally appealing alternate titles for this page: “Steamed Cabbage Hearts,” “Beyond Leftovers,” “Accidental Lunch,” and “So It’s Come to This.”

It happened quite innocently: we made a mountain of cabbage dolma a couple of days ago, but we didn’t quite use all of the cabbage. There were three beautiful partially cooked cabbage hearts left over (leaves too small to stuff), along with a nice assortment of trimmed leaves.

The intelligent thing to do, of course, would have been to consult a cookbook or explore cabbage recipes online. What I did, though, was take the cabbage out of the refrigerator, put the hearts and some of the choicest leaves into a two-quart sauce pan, and add enough water (about half an inch) to thoroughly heat them and steam them a little further. I also salted the cabbage and shook in some pepper and dried purple basil.

A few minutes later, when everything was good and hot, I put the cabbage in a wide, shallow soup dish (leaving the water behind) and added three good-sized blobs of madzoon. The result was hardly something you’d find in one of your finer hotels, but it was very tasty indeed. And the madzoon left at the bottom of the dish after I’d finished the cabbage was so good that I could easily have eaten a full dish of that alone.

Hmm. . . . Come to think of it, I was alone. (No wonder, you’re saying.)

Well, it’s been one of those days. You write, you work, you descend a little further into your madness and/or private hell, and then all of a sudden you realize half the day is shot and you’re hungry. So you eat boiled cabbage hearts, and then you realize just how lucky you really are — to have food, a roof, work, life, memories, loved ones . . . and all else that is precious, meaningful, and inspiring.

Also by William Michaelian

Winter Poems

ISBN: 978-0-9796599-0-4
52 pages. Paper.
Another Song I Know
ISBN: 978-0-9796599-1-1
80 pages. Paper.
Cosmopsis Books
San Francisco

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