pig in a blanket
February 3, 2008
The Illustration Friday theme this week is “Blanket.” Brrrrrrrrr, perfect for a cold winter day like today.
Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Your thinking “COLD?! You Californians don’t even know what that word means!”
You would be right…
…and what’s your point?
It was 52 degrees today and I had to put on a jacket!
Which reminds me, did you know, another name for Pigs in a Blanket is Franks in Jackets? For those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about, Pigs in a Blanket is a yummy comfort food whose ingredients vary slightly depending on what part of the world you come from.
If you are living in the U.S., PIAB consist of either sausages wrapped in pastry dough or in some households and restaurants, are served as sausages wrapped in pancakes with maple syrup on the side.
Now if you are from the U.K., my understanding is that the Blanketed Pigs there, are small sausages wrapped in bacon (because you can never really get enough pork in one mouthful,) usually served at Christmas lunch or with roast dinners. In fact Pigs in a Blanket is apparently now considered an essential part of the Christmas meal.
When I was growing up, my mom and gramma made cabbage rolls, stuffed with meat and rice, braised in tomato sauce and called them Pigs in a Blanket. I fondly remember them being delicious and my favorite meal, next to mac and cheese and fish sticks, (such a sophisticated palette I had, back then.)
My husband, Tom tells me his mom made the same cabbage rolls, but called them Gołąbki, (say that three times fast!) I recently found out, that although Tom is not of Slovak descent, nor am I, Gołąbki are usually found in regions heavily influenced by Polish or Ukrainian immigrants. Who knew?
So now I’m thinking, what I should have been doing today, instead of DRAWING Pigs in a Blanket, was COOK up a batch of those pupppies. It would have been perfect for this cold-esque day.
Thanks Laurel of Studio Lolo, for the idea. I was coming up empty handed on this one.