From my family to yours…
Merry Ukrainian Christmas 2012!
Ukrainian Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on January 7. It is tradition that on Christmas Eve (or “Sviaty Vechir”) 12 meatless dishes are prepared as it mimics the Nativity Fast, which no meat, eggs or milk (including cheese) are allowed during the supper. Only fish, mushrooms and various types of grain are allowed as the main offerings.
In our family, we cheat on the cheese, milk and eggs content of our Christmas Eve dinner but still abide by the “no meat” rule with the exception of fish. We have previously blogged about four traditional Ukrainian dishes that we always have on Christmas Eve and would like to highlight them again.
Top left: Perogies – We posted these the week of Christmas and they are by far the most commonly made traditional recipe in Claudia’s cookbook. They can be made with many different filling selections are are by far my ultimate comfort food.
Top right: Borsch – This “Beet Soup” can be made with meat or meatless. I have always preferred the vegetarian variety. It’s hearty, warm and perfect for those winter evenings
Bottom left: Holopchi – Better known as “Cabbage Rolls”, these little darlings are can also be made with or without bits of ground beef in them. Sticky rice wrapped in a steamed cabbage leaf, topped with tomato soup, butter and onions. You simply cannot go wrong with this recipe.
Bottom right: Nalysnyky – Delicious Ukrainian-style cheese crepes which are super savoury and rich. This was our very first blog post which makes the recipe near and dear to my heart.
Stay tuned to our blog as we soon celebrate Ukrainian Christmas and share with you yet another traditional recipe. One hint – it’s Claudia’s absolute favourite!
Today is my Baba’s (Claudia’s Mom) 82nd birthday. There really isn’t a better way to celebrate her life (and Claudia’s essentially) than to post the staple of my Ukrainian childhood (and the best food she ever made) on this day. That being perogies. No one, and I do mean no one, can ever top my Baba’s perogies. They are simply the best. I know there are a lot of you who say the same thing about your own family recipe. But I kid you not, my Baba made and sold hundreds (if not thousands) of dozens of these little nuggets of gold for people just like yourselves after they realized they did not have the best family recipe. Trust me on this one. I grew up on this stuff after all!
Claudia and I spent all Saturday afternoon perfecting the dough and creating dozens of differently filled perogies. We finally came up with what we thought Baba would deem as worthy to share with friends. Perogies are the ultimate comfort food. I have never grown tired of them. My hope is that after trying these for yourself, you won’t either.