Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit

Rabbits hot and rabbits cold,
Rabbits new and rabbits old,
Rabbits tender, rabbits tough,
Never can we have enough!


 Saying Rabbit three times (only heathens say it twice) upon waking . . . before you utter any other word . . . on the first day of a month is supposed to bring good luck the whole month long.  Some people believe saying it the first day of the year is good enough to bring luck all year long.

Holy bun bun . . . what if you forget?  Will you have a month filled with disasters, drama and other horrible things?  I can’t vouch for the effectiveness of this, but if you say "tibbar tibbar tibbar" . . . psssst that's rabbit x3 backwards . . . as you’re falling asleep that should reverse the curse.

The "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit" phrase originated in England.  It’s difficult to determine when people started rabbitting on the first day of the month but it can be found in print from as far back as 600 years ago. 

Like the black cat her in America, in England bunnies are considered to be a symbol of bad luck.  Woe to the person who has a bunny hop across their path!

According to English tradition, to ensure good luck one should say ‘Rabbits' three times just before going to sleep on the last day of the month, and then ‘Hares' three times on waking the next morning"

The custom continues here in North America . . . especially on the east coast.  Documentation of the shouting out rabbit can be found in American literature from 1800’s. 

There are many variations . . . some say ‘black rabbit’, some say ‘white rabbit’, some say ‘bunny bunny’ and so on and so forth.  Does the actual phraseology matter?  I can’t say . . . take your chances.

The ritual continues into the digital age . . . good fortune can be had to those who Tweet or Facebook ‘rabbit rabbit rabbit” on the first day of every month!  

Lotsa luck with that!

Haluski (Pan-Fried Cabbage and Noodles)

Haluski is a pan fried dish that my grandmother used to make of butter, onion, cabbage and noodles. To me its comfort food . . . mmm, mmm, good.

4 Cups Wide Egg Noodles
1/2 Cup Butter
2 Cups Sliced Sweet Onions, About 1/8 Inch Thick
6 Cups Cabbage, Sliced Thin
1 Teaspoon Caraway Seeds (Optional)
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Cottage Cheese

Cook egg noodles according to package directions, then drizzle with a bit of oil to prevent the noodles from sticking together and set aside.

While noodles are cooking, melt butter in large deep skillet over medium-low heat.

Add onion and sauté, stirring occasionally for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until softened and just beginning to turn golden.

Add cabbage to skillet, stirring well to incorporate with onion, and sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in caraway seeds if using, then cover, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.

Turn heat back to medium, add cooked noodles, salt and pepper, and stir well until noodles are heated though.

Remove from heat and stir in cottage cheese.

Adjust seasoning if necessary and serve hot.

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