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Monday, 4 February 2013


Rain or shine, a long walk-and-talk with my daughter is lovely.

Blackie Spit, February, 2012

Raccoons, pheasants, eagles, herons, loons, amazing  ducks, an escaped parrot  . . .  we never know what we'll see.


30 below on the Prairies or 6 above on the West Coast, soup is the answer.

         From The New Ukrainian Cookbook by Annette Ogrodnik Corona

Start making Hetman soup a day ahead of when you want to serve it so that you can degrease the broth.  It will taste great and be so much better for you.  J

HETMAN SHORT-RIB SOUP  (Yushka z reber, po-het’mans’ky)
2 lbs beef short ribs
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup flour mixed with 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper
2 tbsp bacon fat (or vegetable oil)

½ cup finely chopped ham
1 ½ cups dry red wine  (or vegetable stock or water)
½ cup vegetable stock  (or water)

1 large onion
2 cups sliced mushrooms (6 or 7 mushrooms)
1 large potato
2 cups meat stock  (from boiling chicken, duck, pork, or beef bones)
1 cup stewed tomatoes
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper

·        Crush the garlic and rub into the ribs.
·        Using a plastic bag, toss the ribs to coat in the seasoned flour.
·        In a Dutch oven, over medium high heat, brown the ribs in the bacon fat or oil.
·        Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
·        Add the ham, wine, and vegetable stock (or water).         
·        Bring to a boil. 
·        Cover and cook in the oven for 90 minutes.
·        Let cool.  Separate the meat from the broth.  Refrigerate both overnight.

*Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
*Remove the congealed fat from the broth and pour into Dutch oven.
* Add the additional 2 cups of meat stock.
* Add the meat to the broth.
* Chop the onion.
* Slice the mushrooms.
* Blend the stewed tomatoes in a food processor.
* Add onion, mushrooms, salt, pepper, and tomatoes to the Dutch oven. 
* Bring to a boil.
* Meanwhile, chop the potato in one inch squares.
* Add potato to the Dutch oven.
* Cover and cook in preheated oven for  another hour.
* Taste for seasoning.

I served this in bowls first as a stew.    

This left enough broth to serve later as a soup.

P.S.   According to Wikipedia, a hetman was a commander of the Zaporozhian Cossacks at the end of the 16th century.  In 1764, the position was abolished by Catherine the Great of Russia.

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