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Saturday, 9 July 2016

More of Gedo's Family . . . and LEMONY RICE

 I had another look at that family tree I worked out with Mom and it was interesting to see that one of Gedo’s nephews (Michailo Chodak) also emigrated to Canada.   Mom said that her father paid for Mike's passage and he stayed with Gedo and Baba until he got cattle and got married.  

Oddly, I never got to know Michailo or his family.   Mom once told me, however,  about  a little boy who may have been Michailo's son.  At school, he announced, "My name is Peter Chodak and I am a boyce."

Gedo's father must have had a brother because there was also a Michailo Leschasin who came to Canada before Gedo and Gedo stayed with him for a while.  I never knew any of that family either but they were represented at the Leschyshyn Family Reunion in 1992 by Peter Leschasin.   I asked Marilyn about him and here's what she said:

I think it is Peter Leschasin who lived in Oakburn.  His wife was Mildred.   At the reunion, he played a mandolin and she sang.  He was also an inventor and if you Google Leschasin Motor Toboggan you will see the machine he built in Rossburn. He had a brother. Stan.  Mildred's obit is on line.  Stumbled on Marie Howard Obit  Nee Leschyshyn who was the daughter of Michael and Anastasia. Our Guido's cousin. Guido followed Michael to Olha. 

Wes Leschasin, Peter Leschasin, Nellie (Leschyshyn) Zatwarnicki, Mary (Leschyshyn) Stadnyk, Florence (Leschyshyn) Makar   

Here’s that chart again.

My last blog was about Maria Kalin who was Gedo’s niece.  She had a sister named Anna who died before I was in Ukraine, but I did meet Anna’s son, VOLODYA, and his wife, SVETLANA, and their son, MISCHA.

                Maria with her nephew, Volodya, and his wife, Svetlana

                            Svetlana, Volodya, and their son, Mischa

They showed us this house which is on the site where Grandpa lived before he came to Canada.  

We also walked around the village common and learned that the river has changed its course since our grandparents' time here.


I'm pitching the clipping that inspired the following recipe because it was so complicated.  

I think you'll find my version easy and delicious!


1 ½ cups basmati rice
¼ cup butter
3 cups boiling water
½ tsp salt
1 lemon
¼ to ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

·        Start water boiling in a kettle.
·        Start oven preheating to 350.
·        Rinse rice and drain well.
·        Melt butter over high heat in a Dutch oven.  Add rice and stir for 3 to 5 minutes. 
·        Add salt and boiling water. 
·        Cover and cook in oven for 45 minutes.
·        Zest the lemon and reserve.
·        Squeeze the lemon.
·        Chop the cilantro.

½ hour before serving, reheat the rice in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 min.
Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and cilantro.

This goes very well with Indian food.   Yum!


Thanks again, Marilyn, for your help with identifying Peter Leschasin.