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Friday, 4 January 2013

Happy Birthday, Diana!

My sister, Diana, enjoys many things.

She is very fond of animals.

early 1960s: Diana, wearing a hat for church, with our dog, Lefty    

Church is very important to Diana. 

She also enjoys writing.  Here’s one of her short anecdotes about church:

“I will be away next week,” our priest announced.   "I’m going on retreat "
The service ended.
Outside, the chatter, in the breezy air, sounded happy.
Our priest was walking alone to his car .

“Father, what should we say to you as you go on retreat?” asked one of the parishioners.
“Ha,” said Father blushing and laughing ... “BEHAVE YOURSELF.

Diana has had many different pets.

Diana with her pet crow:  May, 1967

Her dogs, Cassie and Jake

Near her lake cottage, with Cassie.

Diana enjoys fishing at the lake.

She also loves to travel. 

We often talk about our trip to Ukraine.

Khotyn Castle, Ukraine

Restaurant at Khotyn Castle

Like the rest of the family, my sister loves to cook.  Diana has taught many ladies how to make perogies.                                                       
Here’s a good recipe for you, Diana, combining at least a couple of your interests!

VARENIKI with FISH:  (perogies)

Published by “Technika” in Kiev, 1975

300 g perch or pike fillets
1 onion, chopped finely
6 tbsp oil
Slice of bread
¼ tsp pepper
½ to 1 tsp salt

1.     Add just enough water to the slice of bread to soak it.
2.     Sauté the onion in the oil.
3.     In a food processor, blend together fish, sautéed onion, salt, pepper, and bread.


Follow the instructions for the dough and how to cook perogies given in my first post:

Fish at Yaremche Market, Ukraine