(I need to do this post about 'sarma' in 2 parts. In one of them I will talk about that one who was the Godfather of the Romanian epigram and you will understand why I say this and, in the other part of this post I'll just put the recipe as it is.)
...was a Romanian lawyer and writer with a pen as a knife, known as an epigramist, gourmet and wine lover, bohemian member of Iasi and Bucharest reports.
He remained in Romanian literature by his epigrams and culinary chronicles.
His passion for gourmet and wine, based on outstanding taste qualities made from him an able one to identify with an "amazing precision " not only the variety of wine, vineyard and year of manufacture, but other details too, such as the geographical spread of the place where the vineyard was, how much pure wine was, the rainfall of that year, so on ...
true and wonderful culinary poems what delight the senses and the taste buds.
He also wrote the famous epigram Ode for a 'sarma'....
Mircea Ionescu Quintus (an another Romanian famous epigramist) gave an epigramistic reply to Pastorel Teodoreanu:
"Let us bow a cup
Just for Pastorel.
It is not a Cotnari-backup
Much more sparkling, much more well ."
ODE FOR A SARMA
by Pastorel Teodoreanu
How could I define 'sarmaua' ?
Just a winged dream of a cabbage
as it lasted in the metamorphosis long sleep
from a pickling barrel baggage ...
Potpourri of pork and beef, symphony of chop,
hymn of praise for food, raised into the mouth's top.
Stylish woman's body washed in sauce and cream
healthy wrapped in a cabbage leaf,
well veils of a Turkish dancer dream.
Skillful diplomat with a complete league
just between a red wine barrel and a pot of mamalig *
Principled opponent and a strong enemy
for all what means a diet
or a regime alimentary .
A bouquet of spices,
a perfumed......frivolous one
with a tempted scent of
a well smoked bacon done.
Main(ly) owner that it keeps in her perfect space
of a spicy pepper
and those puffed rice grains.
A prosaic and an innate one !
How to catch her in prozody?
Since this world exists,
No pigs read a poetry.
That's a bringer of a thirst,
if you drink the wine with goblet!
That's the way I could define 'sarmaua'
As...a gorgeous pamphlet.
prepared in the way of Pastorel ...
A t Calugareasca comes:
Bouvons un coup, bouvons-en deux!”