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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Recipe for Feb. 24 - Cottage Cheese Patties

Cottage cheese is widely used in Ukrainian cuisine in both sweet and savory dishes. Here is a recipe that will make your taste buds sing! Serve these savoury patties hot with sour cream.

2 cups dry cottage cheese
2 large eggs
½ cup flour (about)
3 tbsp butter
½ caraway seeds (optional)
¼ cup water
1 tsp salt

1.Push cottage cheese through a sieve.
2.Beat eggs, salt, caraway seeds and about 6 tablespoons flour (use just enough to make firm enough to shape into patties).
3.Using wet hands, make 16 small patties and dip them in remaining flour sprinkled on a flat surface.
4.Fry 5-6 patties at a time, in 2 tablespoons hot (but not browned) butter. Add more butter as needed.
5.Brown on both sides, and remove patties to warmed platter.
Serves 4.

Try it - it's Ukrainian!

Vancouver audio archives updated to Feb. 24

Audio archives of last Sunday's program are now available at the Nash Holos website.

On Ukrainian Food Flair, a uniquely delicious recipe for cottage cheese patties. On Travel Tips for Ukraine and Eastern Europe, highlights of an upcoming tour to Eastern Europe. Also the Proverb of the Week and other items of interest to the Ukrainian community in the Lower Mainland ... and beyond.

And of course, plenty of Great Ukrainian Music from all corners of the globe! CD of the Week: Sounds of Kyiv - Kyiv Chamber Choir.


Sunday, February 24, 2008

Canadian author receives state award from Ukraine's president

Well, this couldn't have happened to a nicer, or more deserving, person:

[Brantford, Ont.] children's author Marsha Skrypuch - who crafts award-winning fiction based on historic atrocities - will receive a state award from Ukrainian president Victor Yushchenko.

She has been selected for the Order of Princess Olha, Class III: the highest form of honour the country bestows on foreign citizens. ...

The medal recognizes her works about the 1932-1933 Ukrainian famine, which killed up to 10 million people. The award comes as the country commemorates the 75th anniversary of what Ukrainians call Holodomor - meaning death by hunger. ...

In 2000, Skrypuch wrote a children's folktale called Enough, describing a young girl's attempts to save her village from starvation. And the famine inspired her story, The Rings, in a 2006 anthology of Ukrainian-Canadian writings, called Kobzar's Children, which she also edited.

Being honoured for Enough is particularly welcome, said Skrypuch, noting the book had spurred death threats and hatemail as recently as 2006. ...

Full article here.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Vancouver priest brings history to life

The Ukrainian (Catholic) community in Vancouver recently welcomed (back) Fr. Edward Danylo Evanko.

Originally from Manitoba, the veteran former stage and screen star and host of his own TV show had been living in "Hollywood North" for some time before deciding to enter the priesthood. Back on the west coast now, he is the parish priest at BVM Ukrainian Catholic Church in Richmond.

Expect to hear more of (and from) him in the near future, but for now he's busy settling in ... when he's not on the road using his professional talents in a new way, as this article illustrates:

When he was ordained a Ukrainian Catholic priest in 2005, Edward Danylo Evanko thought he had given up a career in musical theatre spanning more than 40 years.

But he had hardly settled into the life of a cleric before he was back on stage performing a one-man play about the life of beatified priest Father Damien and his own work about the Ukrainian Holodomor. ...

Full article here.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Recipe for Feb. 17 - Potato Filling for Holubtsi

Here's this week's recipe... the audio clip that aired on Nash Holos is available at the NH website from now until the next program update.

Potato Filling for Holubtsi

4 large potatoes, finely grated
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp butter
½ cup sour cream
½ cup medium buckwheat groats

1. In a sieve, drain the grated potatoes.
2. Sauté the onion in butter until tender, and combine with the potatoes. Add sour cream.
3. Pour boiling water over buckwheat groats and drain over a sieve. Repeat.
4. Add well-drained groats to the potato mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5. Cool before using.

Makes enough for about 3 dozen medium-sized cabbage rolls.

Enjoy! (Try it - it's Ukrainian...)

Vancouver audio archives updated to Feb. 17

Audio archives for Nash Holos and Chetverta Khyvlia are updated to Feb. 17.

On Nash Holos:
  • Sylvia has some food tips and a recipe to help you observe World Cabbage Day
  • Myrna has details on a religious pilgrimage tour to Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Proverb of the Week
  • Community events
  • Plenty of great Ukrainian music!
  • CD of the Week: Інколи - Oleh Skrypka

Monday, February 11, 2008

Recipe for Feb. 10 - Braised Short Ribs of Beef

Here's this week's recipe... the audio clip that aired on Nash Holos is available at the NH website from now until the next program update.

Braised Short Ribs of Beef

2 lbs short ribs of beef (ask your butcher to cut the ribs into serving pieces)
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbsp fat
1 small onion, chopped
½ cup hot water
½ cup tomato juice
1 large carrot, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 small red pepper, sliced
3 tbsp sour cream
salt and freshly ground pepper
seasoned flour

1. Rub each piece of beef with the crushed garlic.
2. Dip in seasoned flour and brown in hot fat.
3. Add the onion, hot water, tomato juice, salt and pepper.
4. Cover and cook in a 350°F oven for 1½ hours, or until nearly tender.
5. Then add the vegetables and continue cooking for about ½ hour, or until the ribs and vegetables are done.
6. Season the sauce to taste.
7. Add 3 tablespoons of sour cream.
Serves: 4.

Vancouver audio archives updated to Feb. 10

Audio archives for Nash Holos are updated to Feb. 10 and Chetverta Khyvlia to Feb. 3.
  • Sylvia has some handy tips on meat preparation and a recipe for braised beef ribs
  • Myrna has details on a tour to Poland, the Baltics and Russia
  • Proverb of the Week
  • Community events
  • Other items of interest
  • Plenty of great Ukrainian music!
  • CD of the Week: The Tradition Continues by the Chychul Orchestra.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Ukrainian "nationalists" exonerated

I hope this will help to heal some of the rifts between the Ukrainian and Jewish communities ... rifts which were deliberated cultivated by external forces intent on dividing opposition to their respective invasions.

The Nazis and Soviets alike knew that if Jews united with Ukrainians, Poles and others to oppose them, they would lose. So the only way they could win was "divide and conquer."

It took a sovereign Ukraine 17 years to uncover the truth and make it available to the public. (I wonder how much more chicanery by foreign oppressors will be revealed in years to come.)

The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has declassified documents, proving that OUN [the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists] is not connected with the anti-Jewish action in Lviv in 1941. ...

In particular, according to O.Ishchuk, the declassified documents of SBU indicate that on July 4-7 of 1941, representatives of Gestapo, who arrived in Lviv, turned to Ukrainian circles with demand to carry out a three-day massacre of Jews. “The OUN leadership, having got to know about that, informed its members that it was a German provocation in order to compromise Ukrainians with massacres”, the document reads.

“The SBU documents confirm that OUN members were trying to avoid taking part in actions against the Jewish population in Lviv, there were no official instructions on this issue”, O.Ishchuk stressed...

Full document here. Original Ukrainian version here.

H/T Cybercossack.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Good news for radio fans!

According to a business magazine report (here), radio is one of the hottest new gadgets for 2008.

Believe it or not!

Here's what it says:

Get ready for what has got to be the all-time greatest sleeper of a tech trend: Radios, I kid you not, are making a comeback in 2008.

And we're not talking iPod-like portable thingies, but big, expensive desktop radios. Mark my words, they'll be downright cool in the coming year. ...

The desktop radio is being seen as an early beachhead in the home networking wars," says Edward Valdez, president of Parrot ... "Home networking has been difficult to explain to the market. So the radio is seen as a form factor that the market can understand." ...

Radios are feeling a strange brand of love radiated by the public's growing hatred for complex electronics. Innovative new models take full note of consumer distaste for too many features and difficult-to-operate equipment. ...

Well, put that way, it's not so hard to believe after all!

Full article here (quite technical).

H/T: Radio 2020 (not so technical).

Monday, February 04, 2008

Feb. 3 Recipe - Hearty Mushroom & Barley Soup

Here's this week's recipe... the audio clip that aired on Nash Holos is available at the NH website from now until the next program update.

Hearty Mushroom & Barley Soup

¾ lb. fresh mushroom, coarsely chopped
½ cup onion, diced
½ cup celery, diced
½ cup carrot, diced
3 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp flour
4 cups broth, chicken or beef
1 cup pearl barley
1½ cups cooked chicken or beef, chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 cup cream (half & half), if desired

1. Sauté the vegetables in the melted butter.
2. Stir in the flour.
3. Add the broth and barley.
4. Cover and simmer about 1 hour, or until vegetables are tender.
5. Add the meat, seasoning, and cream. Heat through.

Serves 5.

Try it – it’s Ukrainian!

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