Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Flash Drive, Bowling, Romanian Recipe

A little while back I bought a very inexpensive portable radio from flash driveWalmart. I hadn’t realised when I bought it that it had the capability of taking a flash drive and a card. So I have been making a flash drive of MP3s to play – some while ago, I copied all our LPs and 45s on to CDs but the CDs wouldn’t play on our player although they play fine on the PC so now they have been copied to the flash drive and it’s nice to hear some songs we haven’t heard in a while. Artists most of you wouldn’t bother with but we enjoy, Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and many others. It’s amazing how much this little 2 gig flash drive holds, I haven’t even filled it up half way yet.

We are so happy, we get to go bowling again today. Two whole weeks and we have missed it. The banquet is going to be next week now. We don’t care so long as we get to bowl LOL.

Sorry I didn’t get round to posting this recipe yesterday. This is the recipe from last Saturday. This vdersion comes from Big Oven. Alex mentioned it looked like lasagne, but it isn’t, I can assure you.

Varza à la Cluj (Cabbage from Cluj, Romania)

Varza à la Cluj is a specialty food from Transylvania, it's minced meat, cabbage and rice baked in sour cream. Delicious!!

Ready in 2 hours
Varza a la Cluj


1 head of cabbage
1 medium sized onion
2 garlic cloves
1.5 lb of minced meat (I've used beef; pork, lamb . You could even use a combination)
2 tablespoons of butter (or oil)
1 cup of rice
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons paprika
2 cups of sour cream
0.5 cup of Milk
Original recipe makes 10 Servings



Preheat the oven to 375.
Shred the cabbage and onion.
In a large pan, over medium heat melt the butter. Add the cabbage, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp paprika. Sauté for about 15 minutes or until it softens. Set aside.
While the cabbage is cooking cook the 1 cup of rice in two cups of water with a bit of salt. set aside.
Brown the meat with the onion, garlic, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp paprika. Set aside.
Combine your cabbage, rice and meat into a large baking dish or casserole. (Some people like to separate them into layers but I like it all mixed up)
Combine the milk and the sour cream in a large enough bowl and then pour this mixture over the dish letting it seep to the bottom.
Lower the temperature and let it all bake until it is tender at 350 for about 90 minutes. The top should be crispy brown and bubbling.
Serve this with toast and put some extra sour cream on top.

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - glad you've got your music loaded and are able to play it again .. I enjoyed the information on your Romanian dish - and think years ago I cooked something similar - and it is delicious .. one of those great comforting dishes.

    Glad you're bowling again .. cheers Hilary

    1. Trouble is I have some Spanish music from a long time ago and Matt is swearing about it. We have the same taste in most things but my music likes go way beyond his. Yes. you are right it is a comfort dish.

      So are we Hilary.

  2. Cool you can insert a flash drive into it! Smart on the designers.

  3. Flash drives are amazing. It makes those sci-fi shows we watched as kids seem not so impossible. LOL

    You always have the most interesting recipes! :)

    IWSG #184 until Alex culls the list again.

    1. I used to read a lot of Isaac Asimov. His stories started to come true in his own lifetime.

      I try with the recpes.

  4. I had my pics on flash drives but I moved them all to an external hard drive. I have never transferred my music to digital format. And I've been given CDs that play on the computer but not in my CD player. Thanks but I'll stick to making mix tapes from vinyl records! I know there's a USB turntable you can get now. But my laptop is getting old and the CD-DVD player/burner doesn't work at all anymore.

    1. It was only because of this portable radio that I did it.

  5. A recipe from Transylvania! Very unusual! Not for people from Transylvania I suppose. Flash drives are the best invention ever. The trouble is they tend to corrupt after a while. Hope you had fun bowling.

    1. No I would guess not LOL. You make me think I should make two drives to back up each other.

      Bowling, is that what I was doing. From my scores today, I couldn't tell.

  6. Jo, so glad you were able to put your music on a flash drive. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. It's amazing how much music a flash drive will hold. Had to convert stuff to MP3 first.