On January 29th my Babcia or great-grandmother passed away. She was 95 years old and one of the most amazing people I have ever known. She was always strong, determined, supportive, proud and selfless. She watched over our entire family of her 6 children, 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. I am so proud and lucky to have known her and she will be sorely missed.
When we found out that Babcia’s condition was worsening I sought comfort in food (obviously) which led us to Cafe Polonez in Roncesvalles.
We started with the cheddar and potato boiled pierogi with a side of sour cream and fried onions and pork. Pierogies are always amazing – the dough was fresh and tender, the filling was creamy and the onion and pork topping was salty and rich. These were so satisfying and comforting. Next time I would get them fried just to add some crispiness. I am planning on taking on the ambitious task of making my own pierogies from scratch so stay tuned for the adventure!
I ordered the cabbage rolls stuffed with rice and pork, topped with tomato sauce and served with potatoes and a bouquet of salads. The cabbage rolls were tightly packed with rice and pork. The filling was simple, not seasoned to excess; very Eastern European. My filling has dill and other herbs, rounding out the cabbage roll a little more. The sauce was thick and sweet, I prefer my tomato sauce to be a bit thinner and more tart when it tops a cabbage roll. These were good, but I prefer my own and my grandmother’s.
This was a huge portion and even if we hadn’t started with pierogies, I wouldn’t have been able to finish everything. My favourite side was the red cabbage. It was sweet, tender and so delicious. My love for cabbage obviously illustrates that my background is Eastern European.
A delicious meal that was filling, comforting and warming. The perfect thing when one is feeling down and remembering an amazing woman.