On the day when all the Jews in the world are fasting and asking G-d for forgiveness, I decided to write a post about food. I did not plan it this way, it’s just that this particular post has sat and waited to be published since last week.
I am not sure if you remember or even care to remember, but I do have a page here that’s called “Mmmmmmmmmm what’s that smell”. I dedicated it to food and nothing but food. My first post there _Cuban Dinner… My second post – this one – is Ukrainian Dinner….. and you are probably expecting borsch, Kiev chicken and boiled potatoes sorry to disappoint you.
Here is our appetizers course:
1) Herring spread on rye bread
2)Pickled cabbage and pickled carrots:
The carrots here don’t just look good, but also very tasty – a perfect combination of sweet and sour sauce made these carrots tangy, juicy and mmmmmm oh so, so good!
The star of the appetizing table was the one and only Gefilte fish (it was the day after Rosh Hashannah)
The tale has it: the reason the fish is served with the head – it represents “head of the year”, the literal translation of Rosh Hashanah. The carrots on the fish’s body represent money for the next year and the reason it’s cooked with beets is to have a sweet taste – to represent the sweet New Year! The whole idea of why the fish is eaten – because it is an ancient symbol of fertility and abundance. Enough with the history lesson this is how our table looked!
For the second course we had sweet and sour meat with seared potato:
The meat is cooked with prunes and it has a sweet taste to it and potatoes are topped with herbs, butter and garlic. Say it with me mmmmmmmmmmm, what that smell!
And finally time for desert! Since I was a little girl, I believed that the idea to have breakfasts, lunches and dinners, so we can have desert at the end each meal. I still feel the same way.
Since our hosts are from Kiev, we had Kiev cake and Kiev candy.
My son is usually not a big eater of any ethnic food, (I blame McDonalds, and why not?) but this evening, thanks to our beautiful cook, it was an exception even for him.