Gypsy cooking, authentic and delicious

April 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
You may not have known this, but the the Roma, or Gypsy people, are Europe's largest ethnic group dating back to the 12th century. Sharing this authentic and delicious Gypsy recipe is the Ana Marie, lead chef for the Romani Festival.

Authentic Gypsi (Romani) Sarma (Cabbage Rolls)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head Cabbage
  • 2 lbs. Ground Turkey
  • 1 1/2 Cups Brown Rice
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 White Onions
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Fresh Oregano & Parsley
  • Cumin, Salt and Pepper

Cut the core out of the center of the cabbage and drop the head into a pot of boiling salted water.

When leaves begin to loosen remove from pot, separate leaves, and trim away the thick center vein.

Chop onions with oregano and parsley; add cumin, salt and pepper -- mix.

Place in a big bowl, add grouind turkey, brown rice, eggs, and knead. Place 2-3 Tbsp. of mixture on leaf at the thick end, fold sides and roll.

Place rolls in a 10x13 baking dish, brush with olive oil, cover with cabbage water, add bay leaves, cover, bake for 1 & 1/2 hrs. at 400 degrees. ENJOY

13th Annual Herdeljezi Festival
May 1 & 2, Downtown Sebastopol, California

May 1

  • 4- 5pm, Children's Romani Dance Workshop
  • 5:30-8:30pm, Romani Music Instrumental & Vocal Workshops
  • 7-11 pm, Romani Films & Discussion, Sebastopol Veterans Memorial Hall, 282 High Street

May 2:

  • 11am-12:30pm, Romani Music Instrumental & Vocal Workshops & 12:30-1:30pm Romani Dance
  • Sebastopol Veterans Memorial Hall 282 High Street
  • 1-8pm Festival Daytime Program , Ives Park, 7400 Willow
  • 9pm -1:00am Festival Nighttime Program, Hopmonk Tavern, 230 Sebastopol Avenue

Note: Rom (Gypsy), Roma (Gypsies), Romani ("adjective")

Romani musicians and dancers from around the world will be in Northern California to take part in the traditional Romani cultural arts festival Herdeljezi on Friday evening, May 1st and all day Saturday May 2nd in downtown Sebastopol.

Herdeljezi is a traditional Romani (Gypsy) neighborhood celebration announcing the end of the cold indoor season and the beginning of the warmer season of movement and outdoor life. Festivities include the sharing of music, dance, food and community.

Celebrated for centuries by the Roma world-wide, Voice of Roma brings Herdeljezi to a much broader audience. The festival presents the music, dance, arts, and food of Europe's largest ethnic minority whose roots reach back to 12th century Punjab (India).

Drawing about 1,200 attendees (Roma and non-Roma alike) from across the country, events begin Friday May 1 with music and dance workshops and a screening of Romani films with discussion. May 2 includes a daylong festival at Ives Park and concludes with a time-honored music and dance procession that replicates Mahala (the act of gathering the entire local community) to Hopmonk Tavern for an evening concert of Romani music.

Master artists and workshop instructors include drummer, Rumen Sali Shopov (Bulgaria) dancer, Sani Rifati (Sebastopol); singer and cultural anthropology professor; Carol Silverman (Eugene, OR); internationally renowned festival and Hopmonk Tavern headliners, such as Chris Bajmakovich (accordion) (Macedonian Rom) from Chicago, and Ismail Lumanovski (clarinet) (Macedonian Rom) from New York. Other highlights include two popular Bay Area bands, Brass Menazeri and Edessa, and the Russian Romani Kolpakov Trio which has just finished touring with Madonna. Daytime program emcee will be dancer-performer Amy Luna.

Other event features include an exhibit and sale of embroidery and crochet work through Voice of Roma's "The Threads That Connect Us" project. This micro-enterprise project features the products of refugee Romani craftswomen of Kosovo and Macedonia. There will also be wonderful children's activities including a roving magician, dance workshops, Romani storytelling, silk and face painting.

The event, produced by Voice of Roma, an educational and charitable non-profit organization established in 1996 to promote and present Romani cultural arts and traditions, is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts.

Cost for the festival is $12, $10 for film festival, $15--$25 workshops, and $10 for the Hopmonk Tavern concert. VIP tickets (includes all events, 1 meal, 2 drink tickets) - $50. For information, call 707-823-7941 or visit www.voiceofroma.com.


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