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Making Varenyky

Cooking for Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner tomorrow night. (I say it every year because everyone asks me, but we’re Catholic, not Orthodox! It’s not just Orthodox Christmas!)

Varenyky are dumplings. You can have any filling, but we’re only doing potato this year. With the death of my grandmother, we’re having to learn to take over and learn how to make all the foods.

Making Varenyky Canberra Australia Ukrainian Christmas Sonya Heaney 5th January 2015

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Ukrainian Christmas

We had an afternoon making varenyky for Ukrainian Christmas Eve tomorrow.

Varenyky Ukrainian Christmas Queanbeyan australia 5th January 2015 Sonya Heaney

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Ukrainian Christmas

Today is Ukrainian Christmas Eve (and, of course, Christmas Eve for other countries, too). We’re Ukrainian Catholic (though not very good at practicing our religion!) – people often make the mistake of thinking it is ‘Orthodox Christmas’. It’s drives me batty how the media reports it that way every year, and also with Easter. It’s all about following an older calendar, not the Orthodox religion.

Most of the celebrating is done on the 6th, rather than on Christmas Day.

Anyway, Saturday night was spent baking, and Sunday was spent making the traditional Ukrainian foods. Here are some of our finished varenyky, taken yesterday afternoon.

Ukrainian Christmas Varenyky Queanbeyan Canberra Australia 5th January 2014 Sonya Heaney

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Arnott’s Australia

So… Arnott’s makes Australia-themed biscuits. Maybe this is something that has been happening for a long time, but it was a new discovery for me!

Good thing Australia – though they left Tasmania off – comes in a fairly easy shape. I don’t know how they’d manage to make biscuits of Greece… Or Fiji…

Arnott's Shapes Australia Sonya Heaney

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