Is it by coincidence I just found my notes on a couple of the Ukrainian superstitions Mom told me about?
If a picture falls off a wall, bad luck is on the way.
It’s bad luck to wear a scorched garment.
Luckily for us, Bryan and I were both careful today; me with my ironing and . . .
Bryan with hanging some of Nicole’s art.
Dinner Menu for 4
Cocktail: Junior: rye, benedictine, lime juice, angostura bitters
Main: Yalovichini Krapleniky (Beef Rolls)
Syrni Halushky (Cheese Dumplings): There are only 12 dumplings so you will need to double the recipe or serve 3 vegetables:
Lettuce Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing
Company Carrots: from Peg Bracken’s The I Hate to Cook Book
Green Beans: cook one pound of beans
SYRNI HALUSHKY: serves 3 to 4
based on a recipe in Catherine Atkinson’s From Borshch to Blinis
1 cup flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 ½ tsp baking powder
2 tbsp soft butter
1/3 cup feta
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp chopped cilantro or dill (optional)
¼ cup cold water
1. Mix together flour, salt, pepper, baking powder, chopped parsley, and chopped cilantro in a food processor.
2. Mix in the butter.
3. Mix in the water. Process just until it forms a dough.
4. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. (Start by quartering the dough.)
5. Squeeze each piece until dough is smooth and not crumbly. Shape into a ball.
6. In a Dutch oven, bring 9 cups of water to a boil with 1 ½ teaspoons salt.
Drop in the dumplings, cover the pot, and simmer on very low heat for 15 minutes. (Atkinson said 20 minutes but that was definitely too much. I would test at 10 minutes.)
8. Lift out with a slotted spoon.
9. Stir gently with butter or combine with a prepared meat dish that has a creamy sauce.