Taylor’s family on his mother’s side is pretty Polish. This has been fun for me because I have been exposed to new foods during the holidays including a special Polish kielbasa and babka, a sweet bread that is popular around Easter (not to be confused with “sweetbreads” aka animal organs). I made babka at some point last year and will post about it next time. I am not even going to attempt to make kielbasa but it is a great excuse to eat tons of horseradish. The other Polish dish that I have heard Taylor talk about multiple times is galumpkis. Or gawumpkis. Or garage keys. They have like 5 names for it. That Gibson family loves to just change one letter in a word over and over until it is unrecognizable. For example, their old dog Rhythm was being called Pook when I came into the picture. Lindsey? Dink. I’m losing track.
Anyways, these mythical garage keys had been described to me multiple times but we had never eaten them. So I found a recipe online and made them on Sunday. They are basically cabbage leaves stuffed with pork, beef, rice, and onions. You then pour a tomato sauce on top and bake it for an hour. They were really good – kind of like a tomato-y meatball wrapped in cabbage. I would probably reduce the amount of meat and up the rice next time but that’s just my opinion. Taylor said it tasted very similar to what he remembered as a child.
I’m debating what the next nostalgic meal should be. I don’t know if I can get Taylor on board with buttered noodles (which is exactly what it sounds like and yes, it is amazing).