Babka Cooks: Halušky s Kapustou

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Wow… I thought drawing out recipe comics would be so EASY, since I already know the whole story and it’s just a matter of getting down the ingredients and sequencing the actions. Boy, was I wrong! For some reason this particular episode took a couple days to draw, as it’s tricky to get the right point of view and pace.

Drawing this also reminded me of how much you can learn by hanging out in someone’s kitchen and cooking with them.

Here is what halušky s kapustou (“dumpling-noodles with cabbage”, A.K.A. kapustové halušky = “cabbagy dumpling-noodles”) look like in the wild:

(The dish on the top is actually bryndzové halušky (“sheep cheese dumpling-noodles”), which is basically the Slovak national dish.  Its cabbage-cousin dish is in the lower bowl.)

And just in case you’re wondering, here is what halušky s kapustou looks like if you substitute home-made noodles for halušky:

For a different, perhaps less … er … “comicsy” view of this whole process, see Pravda.SK‘s Halušky s Kapustou recipe.

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7 thoughts on “Babka Cooks: Halušky s Kapustou

  1. Mmm, tasty!

    I’m glad to hear someone can grate potatoes like that – I made latkes once and had a similar potato-grating experience to yours.

    • Homemade bacon is totally different, Simon. Maybe you will want to raise a pig and try the original recipe…

  2. I’ve had Halusky for years but I think I’ve been having the Polish version. Always with store bought egg noodles, lots of butter, cabbage and kielbasa medallions. One of my absolute favorite foods but not an every day thing since it’s a trip to heart attack city. We tried making the potato noodles from scratch the Slovak way once but it didn’t turn out, I think we really botched it.

    • It takes some practice, partly because it’s so darn simple. And I suspect if you’re working in the fields all day every day & drinking enough vodka your heart will be just fine.

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