yesterday was a record day– we got back to our village at 4pm! It’s usually closer to 9 or 10pm. But we had no meetings, the apt we were going to look at was taken the night before, and the bridal shower I learned was at 3pm, I skipped so the guys wouldn’t all have to wait around for me. that was sad to miss :(
So we went right to Ashan (huge, super-Walmart-type store here), did our shopping and came home. V took the kids out on a bike ride while I slept, and when I awoke, I had the energy to try lazy vareniki.
Lazy vareniki are just dough made with tvorog (soft type of cheese), no filling like usual vareniki have. Here’s A helping me stir. I didn’t get a photo of the finished product yet, though. I made some last night–just boil the dough/tvorog pieces. The rest of the dough is in the fridge, probably for tonight.
oh, how he loves to be involved.
I have a love/hate reaction to A being in the kitchen with me. Sometimes I love it, it’s so fun and cute and messy. Other times, it makes me batty.
Today, I braved making pelmeni–kind of like vareniki, but the dough is thinner and it’s a meat filling.
Make up the dough, let it sit for an hour:
make up the filling: ground meat on the bottom, then I blended an onion and when I read that fat makes it more tasty, I blended up some of the leftover pieces of salo V bought yesterday. And salt and pepper, then mixed it all up.
roll dough thin, cut circles– I started with the bottom of my vareniki maker, but the circles were too big, so I went to a cup. Put meat mixture in center.
Folded up the edges
Bring sides down and pinch ends’ dough together
Everyone got involved :)
We made 69! I have dough leftover, but the meat ended.
Plopped in the boiling water, stirred several times so they don’t stick, and when they started floating, they boiled 10 minutes.
V said that they are awesome, though we both saw that some of them had too much dough … but that comes from Little Helpers, and it’s OK :) Freezing the ones I didn’t boil. They freeze well.
It is S.O. H.O.T. that I have a popsicle factory going from a batch of cherry compote/syrup. I fished up every type of popsicle form I have collected over the years. I want to hide and eat them all, but I’m sharing with the kids b/c they love them, too :)
the stick part on these broke, so I’m improvising
My SIL gave me these awesome push-up popsicle, things and I love them! I just stand them up in tall cups and they freeze great :)
Two sweet things:
Wildflowers the girls bring me– Andre usually follows with about 2 crushed up little flowers to give me, too <3
Learning to write is awesome <3