A late post about Easter – Ukrainian style:
The girls and I got together a few weeks ago to make pysanky – ie. Ukrainian Easter eggs. The premise is simple: take a raw egg, cover it in strategically placed beeswax, and dye it in successive colours. The result? An awesome keepsake.
It probably seems like a strange time to be posting about Christmas decorations but I’m only now just finally putting them away (I’m going to use the late date of Ukrainian Christmas as my excuse for still having them up!). I made a few things this year to help bring some “seasonal cheer” to the apartment:
The idea for the door wreath came from an image I found on Apartment Therapy after a Google images search for “yarn wreath”. I was looking for a yarn “stash buster” project and this seemed like a fun idea. I used a styrofoam wreath base to glue the balls to and bought styrofoam balls to wrap the yarn around to make the yarn stretch further. Everything was glued using a glue gun.
I had a really nice Ukrainian Christmas! The food all turned out fairly well (I was disappointed with the holubtsi but 1 out of 12 isn’t all that bad!) and there was MORE than enough food – infact we barely dented some of the dishes (and I had been worried there wouldn’t be enough…). People tried new foods and went back for second and third helpings!!
The menu in the end was:
Pyrohy can have all sorts of fillings – but my favourites, the prunes, only come out at Christmas (or at least in my family). I decided to make them first – one of my helpers is coming back on Wednesday to help with the cheese & potato + the kapusta pyrohy.
The cooking for Ukrainian Christmas has begun! I’ve never hosted Ukrainian Christmas before but I felt inspired to go all out this year. Thankfully two of my girlfriends volunteered to help out with the prep work – I’ll admit, once I made the menu I was feeling a bit overwhelmed.