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10 March 2009


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The second photo is A Piece of Art.

Greetings to both you and Annie with your cooking adventures. OUr house smell of Italian seafood and speghetti for the moment. I have invited the girls at work home for an Italian night on Thursday....."poor" Terje and all four kids are my testers. Which they entirely love :-)

I love cabbage...regardless the smell!

Laughing about your question...when I was little, my parents told me I came from the Sears catalog...and I believed them. Obviously I am scarred from the so-non-pc-experience :)

babies came from eating apple seeds .. everyone knows that!

Yum stuffed cabbage! I haven't had it in ages. So yummy though. Maybe I will make some. You have brought a ton of wonderful memories back. Thanks!

Those cabbages are beautiful. Much prettier than those smooth things we get over here. Nice photos.

My mom used to make stuffed cabbage. I miss it.

Growing up on a farm, with babies being born everywhere... there were no illusions.... but, I remember the first big kiss I had and was frightened that I might, you know.... sprout!

Did I miss info for purchasing the tins???? Can't find it here.

I just love stuffed cabbage leaves! And, this reminds me I have made them for a long time!

I love cabbage particularly savoy. Cant wait for the recipes. Great tactile pix Corey, Jx

Wonderful Frech cabbage,,whatever the French come up with is beautiful, even cabbage,,,wonder what Annie was told about where babies come from??? It was the stork and watermelon seeds for me. Really beautiful shots Corey!

What gorgeous colors and textures.

I would love my house to smell of fresh cabbage picked out at a farmer's market. I've had to recreate my grandmother's recipes from my recollection of taste and smell. It's been a fulfilling experience for sure. Here in Texas, we know that babies come from watermelon seeds! :)

Even your pictures of cabbage are gorgeous!!! Babies were bought at the hospital!!! Does Annie put sauerkraut on top of her stuffed cabbages????

I love cabbage rolls.
Love you
Say hello to Annie

My Grandmother was a Midwife...we call them Mother of Light in Iceland. She had a black bag that we were told never to open...we all thought (her Grandchildren)\, up to the age of four, that she got the Babies from God and carried them in her black bag to their new Mother and Father.

I've been lurking for a couple of weeks and decided it's time to start posting my appreciation for your blog.

The post about Annie, in particular, brought tears to my eyes. What a fascinating, elegant woman and your writing was so eloquent and heart felt.

I'm looking forward to hearing about the stuffed cabbage leaves, and hope you will post the recipe, as well.

Marilyn (in Dallas)

First - I LOVE ANNIE. My grandmother's name was Anne and she reminds me of her. Sniff, sniff.

Those cabbages look so different than the ones we get in the markets here. Ours are smooth and waxy looking where yours look more like lettuce. The cabbage rolls look yummy!

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Let us know how the cabbages turn out.

I don't think I ever thought about where babies came from.Or at least I don't remember what I thought, until I just knew?

I remember sitting in mass at St. Monica's and looking at the beautiful alter and trying to imagine finding babies in the cabbage patch. And that was just last week...was that the conventional answer parents gave children?

Beautiful photos of cabbage. Ah, if only I really liked them. We always had stewed cabbage and I recall that it made the house smell like old socks. LOL

Hmm, I don't recall any funny stories of where babies came from. When I was around five, my mom made me come inside from playing so that I could watch a birth on tv. Wow, it even had the afterbirth. Boy did it make an impression on me at that age.

No, they are not.
They are hatched from eggs.

Oh yes. Your photography is SO beautiful today.

Mmmmm stuffed cabbage leaves! (We are part Polish and do eat our fair share of cabbage - I knew that scent all too well!)

I was an only child for quite some time, and since I didn't get any brothers or sisters when I asked for them, I thought God had stopped sending children! =) lol HE must have changed His mind, as I eventually got a baby brother.

What beautiful pictures! And I love cabbage, I'd be in heaven! :)

oh dear annie, I love the stories. I of course think cabbage is not my cup of tea. Thanks for the smiles today. I am in deeep need of them.

hugs and love


and girls from roses...

I don't remember what I thought...I have 3 sisters and one brother so it was kind of natural to me...If not I thought babies came from Paris :)


Great pictures Corey! yes, the second one is perfect!

Well, first of all, I must give you my recipe for stuffed cabbage leaves. But I'll wait until I see yours, just in case it falls into the old line "Greece-France-Alliance".
Now for the babies. I had no idea at first.At some point c.9 years old, I realised it had something to do with menstruation. When my time came to become a lady, I spent the longest night in my life. I had been in love with the same boy from school from say 6 to 12 years old. On that night I convinced myself i should stop loving him, in case I got pregnant.
Love those pictures of the cabbages, by the way.

I want an Annie. Does she have an American cousin living on the east coast? Would you mind writing a recipe post about the stuffed cabbage leaves? Strange thing is, I saw cabbage leaves on sale yesterday and wondered how one would make cabbage rolls...? And then here you are this morning doing exactly this! Methinks you have special mind reading powers, Corey.

I can't wait for the recipe! Love your photos.

I know they will be delicious, Savoy cabbage is a favourite here.
We were always told babies appeared under the gooseberry bushes.

Out your coo-coo, of course.

I know they will be delicious, Savoy cabbage is a favourite here.
We were always told babies were foind under gooseberry bushes.

Your cabbage pics are bee-yoo-tee-ful! My baby brother came along when I was seven so I knew babies came from mommas...just didn't know or even think about how they got there!!

These cabbages are beautiful!

And I love stuffed cabbage (though we use meat in ours...)

Have fun with Annie!

Yum, cabbage, one of my favorite vegetables. :) How lucky you are to have Annie to help in your kitchen.
When I was small and asked where babies came from, my preants would respond, "Well, the stork delivers them." I still have that iconic picture of the stork flying in the sky with a baby swaddled in a blanket suspended in its beak. Scary, very scary.

I love cabbage rolls, yours look yummy. I love the colors of your fresh cabbage. It is beautiful to look at. Cabbage here in the good old mid-west American supermarket never looks this beautiful. If it did, maybe I'd eat it more often.

When my son was three I was pregnant with his sister. Someone asked how the baby would be delivered and my son piped up, "The dentit will stick the detit thing in her mouth and pull the baby out."
He came up with that on his own.

Nice blog..
☆ Martinha ☆

I would like to meet Annie AND get the recipe for stuffed cabbages. We all love cabbage, regardless of what it smells like cooking.

My children never thought that babies came from storks or cabbages or stardust. We told them 'the facts of life' very early on, on fact, so early on that my friend used to joke that our son Daniel could just tell all of her children (who were all older then he was).

Anyone who gets along with elders is a friend of mine.


Dear Corey,
I have been reading your blog for the past few months and am truly enjoying it. I am Polish, but have been living in Canada for the past 20 years.

In Poland, we also make stuffed cabbage leaves. We stuff them with a mixture of rice and meat. We call them "golabki" which means "pigeons". I don't know why? Maybe because they look like stuffed pigeon breasts?

Warmest regards.

I did believe that baby came from my Mom's belly. But, I couldn't figure out how the baby could eat. I asked my mother if the baby had a little spoon in her tummy. I'm amazed that I remember this. I almost feel the moment.

please hug your sweet annie for me! what a treasure of experiences...

Could you parcel Annie up and send her for a visit, LOL. What a gem, Margaret

Cabbages are such a beautiful vegetable. Those photos are amazing. They show the color and veining so well. I LOVE stuffed cabbage. Never had any success until I watched Martha make her mother's recipe. Blanching the leaves first helps them to not break when you are rolling them. Bon apetite!

Well, I'm from Texas, too - Fort Worth, in fact - but I've never heard of the watermelon seed thing! As a matter of fact, I'm deathly allergic to watermelons. Maybe that's why I never had any children?
I honestly don't remember wondering where babies came from - even when my baby brother showed up and took over my baby bed.
(You know, I've used cabbage leaves - even savoy - in sandwiches in place of lettuce. What can I say - it works!)

In Ukraine this is a very popular dish. It's called 'golubtsy'. The root of the word is the same as 'dove', 'pigeon'. We stuff them with minced meat and rice. Cabbage leaves have to be blanched in boiled water for easy folding. Then cook them together with prepared sauteed onions, carrots and a bit of tomato sauce. When you come to that point, it smells good!
Hi from Hong Kong to Annie !

I think because I grew up in Fowler where we were a menagerie of people's (Portuguese, Mexican, Armenian, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, White, Black so all of the foods ran into each other : ) Armenian Dolmas made from grape leaves (we had to go pick the leaves from the vineyards), stuffed cabbage leaves (some with meat but so many with rice, onion, garlic and raisins (raisin capitol of San Joaquin Valley) and some families used tomato sauce. We all had vegetable gardens and fruit trees in the back yard. Home made sausages, fish sausages (my Dad was an avid fisherman), and my favorite to this day is stuffed bell peppers; red, yellow, green and orange : )Pies cooling on the window sills and cinnamon yeast rolls dripping with cinnamon, butter and lots of sugar. My Mom used honey and almond flavoring to make hers so unique.
You have allowed many memories to flood my whole being talking about stuffed cabbage leaves : )
Thank you ex-California girl!!!

Those are beautiful photos. Annie is such a gem. I've always been attracted to hanging out with older people, even a teenager. I've always found them to be so interesting and they always had so much to teach.

I remember my friends and I talking about how babies came to be. We were about eight and had it all figured out. After you were married a year, God put the teeny tiny baby in the mother's stomach where it grew. I don't recall if we ever discussed how it came into the world.


C'est vraiment CHOU !!!

You seem to be ready to grow a large family... Please,can you take the following 2 little chubby orphans in charge? Thank you !

I like cabbage - in all forms.
I often make coleslaw at home. We all love it and it reminds me of my dear friends in the UK.

Tell me/us if more recipes are expected!!!

Is Annie from the North or spent time there? Cabbage is orignally from colder climates not Province, where I gather aubergines, olives and couregette are stuffed.

This reminds me of when Favorite Aunty was giving a kumle lesson (large riced potato balls with a chunk of pork in the middle, boiled and then served with tons of butter and salt). Same gestures, same type of sweater. It was wonderful hearing your voices and learning from Annie. Thank you. Corey-is your hair getting darker or was it the sepia tone of the video that made it look less blonde?

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