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Saturday, 14 October 2017

UKRAINIAN PIONEER WEDDING October 14, 1931 . . . and Sauerkraut Varenyky


Marilyn remarked:  I remember Uncle Wes saying that the norm was fall weddings as the harvest was done, there was plenty of garden stuff and the pig was fatten ready to be slaughtered! He didn’t mention anything about Horilka : горілка! 



For more instructions on how to make pyrohi, go to:

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Have an Amazing Anniversary, NICOLE and JAMES!


. . . and  the most amazing UKRAINIAN PORK RIBS


            From Bohdan Zahny’s THE BEST OF UKRAINIAN CUISINE

2 lbs pork ribs
1 tbsp diced salt pork
2 tbsp butter
2 onions
2 tbsp flour
1 lb beets
½ cup vinegar
½ cup water (or vegetable stock if you have it)
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

·        Cut pork ribs apart.
·        Chop onions finely.
·        Cut beets into matchsticks.  (Julienne.)
·        Start oven preheating to 350.
·        Fry ribs on both sides in salt pork and butter.  (Takes 5 minutes.)  Remove ribs from pan.
·        Add onion.  Fry for 5 minutes.
·        Stir in flour.
·        Add beets.
·        Stir in vinegar, water, salt, and pepper.
·        Put ribs on top of beets.
·        Cover and cook in oven for 50 minutes.


Serve with perogies and a Ukrainian cabbage salad (cole slaw). 


Wishing you much happiness in your new state!


Monday, 2 October 2017

"And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly. Amen"

CHURCH was very important to Mom.   

 Mom also loved to share

stories, food, and recipes. 

“Mother, you taught me . . .”

Saturday, 30 September 2017

HARVEST . . . Stadnyk family . . . and a huge loaf of UKRAINIAN RYE

John Stadnyk (my grandfather)
had six sons and one daughter:

Paul, Alec, Sam, Nick (my father), Fred, Steve, and Anastasia

Paul and Mary's children were

Teenie,  Bill, Mike, Verna, Elsie, and Sylvia

Teenie on the left with my mom, Mary Stadnyk

                                                 Teenie had 6 children:                                                               
Paul, Mike, Harry, Elsie, Andrew, and Pat

From left: Marion and my cousin Mike Showdra,                                                      my cousin Harry Showdra and his wife Audrey,                              
cousin Elsie (Showdra) Pulock and cousin Pat (Showdra) McLaughlin

This was a celebration in 2016 of Elsie's birthday.

 Teenie was my First Cousin and Pat is my first cousin, once removed.  

Mom and Teenie were close friends.

Thanks, Pat, for sharing the pictures of your family and the harvest.


Olga Drozd has posted a number of Ukrainian bread recipes on the internet.  Thanks, Olga!

Bryan just made her Selianyn Khlib (Ukrainian Rustic Village Bread)

For Olga's recipe:

Friday, 29 September 2017

Discovery . . . and Buckwheat Pancakes

A discovery!

On my frog’s smooth, green belly

there sits no button.

(Haiku translated by Sylvia Cassedy and Kunehiro Suetaki)



            Adapted from REBAR MODERN FOOD COOKBOOK

½ cup buckwheat flour
¾  cup unbleached flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 eggs
1 ½ cups buttermilk
2 tbsp molasses
1 cup blueberries

*In a medium bowl, stir together dry ingredients.
*Whisk eggs in a large bowl.  Stir in buttermilk and molasses.
*Add dry ingredients to large bowl and stir lightly.
*Heat griddle.
*Add butter generously.
*Pour in pancakes and dot with blueberries.
*Cook on both sides and serve with maple syrup and extra butter.  YUM!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Tsyotsye talked about cattle . . . and Ukrainian Minced Beef Cutlets

                             Dad's sister, Anastasia, and her husband, Tom Bewza

Mom wrote:  We were at a family reunion.  It was a distant relative.  It’s nice but only I didn’t get to know more than I knew as I sat with Dad’s sister because she only talks about cattle and no women talk about cattle.  They talk about craft work.  So she talked more to Dad.  


We didn’t eat a lot of beef at home, but I do remember Mom frying ground beef cutlets once because George had taken us for our very first hamburgers in Hamiota and we all loved them.   

I found this recipe in Bohdan Zahny’s book: very simple but really good.

POLTAVA STYLE MINCED BEEF CUTLETS (Yalovichnyi Sicheniki Poltavskie)
1 ½ lbs beef
1/3 cup minced salt pork (rinse if it is covered with salt)
1 large clove garlic minced
2 T. water
2 T. bread crumbs
4 T. butter

Mix salt pork, water, and garlic into the beef. 
Make 4 oval cutlets. 
Roll in crumbs.

Fry in butter.

I served these with mashed potatoes & parsnips and 2 salads;  (a) Cucumbers in Dilled Sour Cream (b) Beets & Leafy Lettuce.


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Ready. . . Sept. . . . Relax! . . . with a good Video . . . and Mocktail # 8

Vesper loves Movie Time!

My Top Movie  

                                                       True story about the Holocaust denier

                                                  I LOVE 19th century lit turned into costume dramas.

                  True story of the progressive Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary who committed suicide.

Czechoslovak Resistance kill one of  Hitler's top men 

Charles Dickens had a secret love!

Adaptation of novel by Philip Roth

A Conscientious Objector saving lives amidst horrific battle scenes

Trying to find a balance between being a soldier and a mother

Series about a U.S. marshal

Ambrosia à la Bryan:  1 serving

½ ounce fresh lime juice
4 ounces apple juice

Pour into chilled old-fashioned or highball glass.
Add 2 ice cubes and top up with Club Soda.