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Sunday, 5 February 2017


HOLUBTSI with Meat and Rice Filling

            From TRADITIONAL UKRAINIAN COOKERY by Savella Stechishin

1 cup rice
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp salt
1 medium onion (about 6 ounces)
4 tablespoons fat  (I used duck fat)
½ pound ground pork
½ pound ground beef
1 egg
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper

*Wash the rice until the water comes off clear. 
*Put rice in a frying pan.  Pour on boiling water.  Stir in 1 tsp salt.  Bring to brisk boil and let it cook 1 minute.  Cover, turn off the heat, and let it stand until the water is absorbed.  The rice will be only partially cooked.  This is the way it should be.
*Chop onion finely.  Cook it in fat until tender.  Add pork and beef and stir until lightly browned. 
*Stir in the rice and allow to cool.
*Stir in egg, salt, and pepper.

*Stuff cabbage leaves.  I used an unsoured head and added vinegar when cooking.  For cooking the cabbage head see

For cooking holubtsi see

Bryan LOVED these holubtsi with the meat.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Mom's news in 1973 . . . and Oven-Roasted Chicken Techniques

 colors so we can wait till you are home.

Dad is going to Russburn to day and Monday he is shipping his rats & foxes  to Winnipeg.

It’s a good idea to prepare a nice meal at least once a week it give you to practise a good meal. 

Is Nestor back in Winnipeg he phoned before he left and said he will stay longer this time I will try and phone him wishing him a happy birthday.  I was no where to get him a card perhaps Tue if I don’t forget but it will be to late anyways.

There is one store here selling out so has stuff 25% off.  Matt bought cherrie pie filling and gave me so I bake a pie but I think I will make the lemon pies for tomorrow and gave him that now as I got pie crusts baked some time now and have to use them first before I can bake some thing else he like lemon pies any ways.

 I am still knitting mitts at evenings to pass the time as I don’t care to do something else

will start and do some bedroom slippers for kids so it will be something different it will be a lot to think as they are different then the ones I did befor the don’t have a heel so they fit any size.

Naomi stayed with us three days she was ready to stay longer but did not make a fuss when George told to come home in her little way shes a lady and knows what she wants you don’t see this in your own cause you see them all the time and be side your to busy to pay that much attention.

David is walking already he started to walk on his birthday.

Did Stasia write about receiving the things that were left and I send to her if the got there all right as she didn’t write for a long time and she wrote last week and said only that she got all the things which I could not figer out as we send three times I presume she got the chickens & Xmas present from us as she mentioned the boys like the shorts but she didn’t mentioned about the pillows so I don’t know whethere she received your things she is much happier that Carl is home more.

I will close for now wishing you girls the best of everything and may Good Lord guide in to righturness.

                                                Love Mother  


Oven-Roasted Chicken:  my favorite technique

I love just shaking the chicken pieces in some seasoned breadcrumbs or spicing it up some way and sticking in the oven.  I used to do it for one hour at 350, but 45 minutes seems to be enough.
Now, I’ve learned that you can do it for only 30 minutes at 425.  Also very nice although Bryan prefers the crunchier skin you get after 45 minutes.


Here’s how you can cook a meal for A LOT of people, thanks to CHATELAINE MAGAZINE.

12 or more chicken drumsticks and/or thighs
1 tbsp honey (or more if you cook more than 12 pieces)
24 cherry tomatoes (they’re a bit bigger than the grape tomatoes in the boxes)
1 head garlic (or more if you’re cooking more than 12 chicken pieces)
Fresh chopped herbs (such as thyme, parsley, or whatever you have)
2 tbsp canola oil
Salt & pepper
1 bunch asparagus (optional if you have a separate veg dish planned)
Lemon wedges

·        Arrange oven racks in middle and bottom third of oven. 
·        Put one tbsp. oil on each of 2 large baking sheets.
·        Peel garlic and divide the cloves between the 2 sheets.  Roll them in the oil to cover.
·        Divide tomatoes between the 2 sheets.  Roll them in the oil.
Do not put asparagus on sheets yet!
·        Preheat the oven to 425.
·        Divide the chicken between the 2 sheets.  Roll in the oil.
·        Melt the honey.  Brush the chicken pieces with the honey.
·        Sprinkle everything with salt and pepper.
·        Scatter fresh herbs on the chicken.
·        Bake for 15 minutes.
·        Take out the pans.  Divide the asparagus between the 2 sheets now.

·        Switch pans around and bake 15 more minutes.  Test to see if the chicken is done.  If not bake 5 more minutes.

Monday, 30 January 2017


     When Olivia came off the waterslide at recess the next day, Emily Eagle screamed at her, “You told Ms. Marten on me!  I suppose you think you’re smart because she moved me away from you. Well, Rhonda and I are going to wait for you after school today.  How do you like that, you little sissy rat?”

     All day Olivia wondered what she should do. Should she tell the teacher? Or was there something else she should try? She waited so long without making up her mind that suddenly it was time to go home.

     “Tidy up, class,” said Ms. Marten. “Quickly, quickly!  You can’t be snails today.  I have a meeting after school.”

(Story by Eleanor;   Illustrated by Nestor)

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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Greeting to my new grandniece, LEANNE PAIGE . . . and Leanne Biscuits

Leanne Paige was born Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 11:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Kacy and my nephew, Nick!

Her paternal grandparents: George and Aline

George and Aline with Nick when he was a baby

Her great-grandparents: Nick and Mary

Her great-great grandparents: John and Anne Leschyshyn 

Leanne's great-great grandfather, John Stadnyk


I made lots and lots of biscuits for my family when they were growing up so I'm dedicating this recipe to Leanne.


       1 3/4  cups flour
       1/4 cup cornmeal
       1/2 cup sugar
                2 ½ tsp baking powder
                ¼ tsp salt

                1/2 cup soft butter
                 1/2 cup halved fresh or frozen cranberries
                1 cup milk
                1/2 tsp grated orange rind (optional)
1.     Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2.     Grease a baking sheet.
3.     Mix cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in food processor.
4.     Add butter and process to fine crumbs.
5.     Turn flour mixture into a mixing bowl.
6.     Stir milk and cranberries into flour, stirring only long enough to combine.
(The secret to tender biscuits is minimum handling.)
8.     Drop about 6 to 8 large spoonfuls onto baking sheet.

9.     Bake for 15 minutes.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

January 20, 1960 Bad news

Marilyn shared this picture and commented:

 One of our grandmother's fav house plants and since she didn't have Superstore she wintered the plant.

January 20, 1960    (From my journal -- I was 13 years old.)
This evening only a few minutes ago we had a phone call that Grandmother is in the hospital and wants us.  We shall go tomorrow.

January 21
We went to school as usual today.  Then at noon when I had just been skating a little while Matt came to take us home.  Everyone wondered who he was.  We changed at home and started out about quarter to three.  We had a hard time getting the car out because it was stuck.  Finally when I was stepping lightly on the gas pedal and Matt and Dad pushing we got out.  It was a long trip and we stopped at Russell and Roblin.  We were hungry so we got garlic sausage and bread at Roblin and ate it.  We got to Gilbert

went to bed about half past eleven.  

Mom and Aunt Marion 


Simple food for when you’re really rushed or not in the mood to cook, but people have to eat:


            From: WOMAN’S DAY ENCYCLOPEDIA of COOKERY, Vol. 1

Hard-boil 2 eggs and let cool.
Cream together 2 teaspoons of anchovy paste and ¼ cup butter.
Toast 2 slices of bread.
Spread toast with anchovy butter.
Cut into small pieces. 
Top with a slice of egg.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Rainy day in PALM SPRINGS and 250 Best Cobblers, Custards, . . .

There are lovely hummingbirds here.  A couple of times, a hummingbird flew right up to about a foot from my face and its head was a shimmery, pyschedelic purple.


About Restaurants:   DON’T MISS:

Pueblo Viejo in University Village Mall:  Mexican:  I loved the shrimp fajitas:  the shrimp arrived on a sizzling hot iron platter!

John Henry's Place: The Cajun Blackened Catfish  and the perfectly cooked vegetables were wonderful, but I asked to go back so I could have some lobster ravioli all to myself!  

Manhattan restaurant:  I loved the hot pastrami sandwich and the blinzes. 

Sherman’s:  the staff have all begun to recognize us because we've gone there every morning for breakfast.  Do try their Linzer Cookie and their Florentine cookie.


Soon, I’ll have to do my own baking again, and this will be one of my go-to cookbooks:


page 45:  Crisp:  Excellent!

                                                                            page 74:  Blueberry Scones

*Fresh Blueberry Cobbler :  for recipe see my post:

Thursday, 12 January 2017

More Family Fun in Orange County

There’s stuff to do with kids that’s reasonably close to the airport if you’re flying out of the John Wayne airport. 

The Discovery Cube, which is a cross between a children’s museum and a science centre attracted us with its dinosaur section.

A lot of stuff was interesting to adults as well as kids.

Hockey Science included a Zamboni.

Kaleidoscope: you're multiplied over and over

 When Bryan stood inside this Wind-a-ma-jig, the glasses blew off his nose when the wind reached 70mph.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle section was another winner with its interactive games.

After the Cube, we enjoyed lunch at the 4th Street Market in Santa Ana.  Bryan’s comment: “Jinny’s Pizza is worth noting as is the Chapman’s Craft Lager.”

 We then drove out to the Newport Beach Nature Reserve for a walk.  

Bryan noted, “A  coyote was trying to catch two rabbits (without success . . . this time.”