Domesticity Log: January 14, 2011: Uzvar (Ukrainian Stewed Fruit)
So this year my mother decided to do Ukrainian Orthodox Christmas (she is second-generation Ukrainian). Orthodox Christmas is an astonishing event. There’s something like 12 courses, and some of them are traditional and symbolic, like the kutya, which is basically wheatberries with poppyseeds and walnuts and honey, and it’s delicious, and it symbolizes togetherness as a family. The wheat sits at the table with you. You set a place any who have passed in the last year. You only eat fish, not meat. It’s a great excuse to have those wonderful pyrizhky and cabbage rolls (my Baba makes a mean swiss chard roll. better than cabbage rolls. Also, if you put meat in your cabbage rolls, I don’t even want to talk to you).
The uzvar is the traditional last course: it’s basically a compote of stewed fruit, with prunes, pears, apples, and raisins. It was good. That’s all I have to say. I like Ukrainian Christmas. However, my mother has informed me she only gets the urge to do it once every ten years or so.