My nan was a 1st generation immigrant from the Ukraine. I honestly don't know too much about it, except for the slang "dupa," (aka butt lol) but she was a wonderful, sweet, extremely giving woman and every Easter I like to think of her by making her comfort food. So here goes:
Of course i had to spiralize it! 2 lbs of beet noodles ready to go the day before.
app day of: the uncheese cookbook's onion, dill horseradish cheese with finn rye crisps (totally fitness friendly btw). of course nan never made this, but i have to add my own modern twist.
the big meal - borscht, potato & sauerkraut pierogies w/ sauteed onion, kielbasa-style steamed vegan sausage & hot horseradish mustard. i wish i got a better pic of the sausage - i even molded them into U shapes like real kielbasa.
for dessert i made happy herbivore's fat-free carrot cupcakes w/ maple frosting
. i was afraid they'd taste like hockey pucks but they were actually really good! my whole omnivore family liked them, even my picky 5 year old who did NOT want to eat carrots. plus - only 197 calories each, including frosting & jelly beans!
inside shot. the key (for picky 5 year olds anyway) is finely shredding the carrot - using the preshredded kind from the grocery store won't cook down this nicely i learned the hard way last year
i also made chocolate lollipop's for my kids' basket using dark choc chips & the alton brown microwave tempering method. it looked ok on day 1, not so much a week later - there is one left and it has sort of dusty light brown stuff on it. still tastes good though!
bonus leftover meal - eastern european bowl. you can't tell because it soaked in quickly, but the quinoa + extra white beans (from the sausage recipe) mix had a creamy almond dill dressing. there's also sauteed cabbage, more kielbasa, horseradish mustard and steamed cauliflower. good thing my dupa is adjusted to this diet lol!