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Cooking for Ukrainian Christmas

We made ninety-five varenyky this afternoon, for Ukrainian Christmas Eve tomorrow. Here are some of them:

varenyky ukrainian christmas sonya heaney canberra australia 5th january 2019

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Cooking for Ukrainian Christmas

Today we made (across both pictures, but please don’t count – I bet I’m wrong!) 90 potato varenyky (Ukrainian dumplings) for Ukrainian Christmas Eve tomorrow night. The traditional Christmas dinner is huge, with twelve foods served.

The varenyky took several hours to make. The second picture is of the gluten-free lot – my fault! They look different, but taste the same. The first picture is the normal stuff. They’re not obviously cooked in these photographs!

The borscht was made yesterday – it tastes better after sitting a day or two. There’s still a lot more to make!

Varenyky Ukrainian Food Christmas Ukraine Canberra Ausrealia Sonya Heaney 5th January 2018

Varenyky Ukrainian Food Christmas Ukraine Canberra Ausrealia Sonya Heaney Gluten-Free 5th January 2018

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Ukrainian Food for the Weekend

We spent a few hours today making dozens and dozens of varenyky (Ukrainian dumplings) for the weekend, along with borsch (which is actually a Ukrainian, not a Russian food, and has heaps of meat and vegetables in it, not the pink liquid people think it is).

Varenyky Ukrainian Dumplings Potato Dumplings Ukrainian Food Sonya Heaney Canberra Australia 9th December 2017

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New Acton – Canberra

Dropping my brother at his city apartment in Canberra this afternoon. The pictures were taken at the traffic lights, so they’re not masterpieces!

It was a gorgeous day, however. We went to the National Gallery’s Versailles exhibition, and then to the Kingston Foreshore for fantastic Thai food at Morks.

New Acton Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 8th April 2017

New Acton Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 8th April 2017.

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Preparing for Ukrainian Christmas

Ukrainian Christmas Eve is tomorrow, even though we’re not Orthodox, and that’s when we have our big celebration (and our twelve-dish dinner!).

We have made eighty-four of these dumplings – varenyky – so far (they’re uncooked in this picture), and will be making at least a hundred more. And that’s just one dish!

What a busy few – hot – days!


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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

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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