A recipe I had to share: Blueberry PierogiApril 12, 2014
As the title mentioned, I really had to share this dish. Usually I have my food blog for this (where I have, ofcourse, also posted this) but it was so delicious, that I thought you wouldn't mind me sharing it here also.
I didn't found out about this recipe the usual way - through a cookbook - but through a non-fiction book I am reading, called Olga's story; a book about the extraordinary travels of a Siberian woman, Olga Yunter, through three continents, two world wars and a revolution. Olga had to flee from her hometown, due to the Russian revolution, on the back of a horse when she was 19 years old, having nothing but a few ruby's sewn into her skirt. There was a price on her head. This book is written by her granddaughter Stephanie Williams, and I am devouring the pages. Everything she describes makes it, that you feel as if you are there in person. She writes it in such a way that, you can almost taste the dishes described, feel the Siberian cold nights or the dreadful heat waves, the fear she feels when fleeing her hometown - leaving her family behind to never see them ever again. When Stephanie described her grandmothers youth in the 1900s, and an icy cold Christmas in particular, she was writing about a typical delicacy called 'Pierogi'. The way she described that cold Christmas morning, where hot Pierogi was served on large platters, made me desperately wanting to try this and I decided to make this myself the following day.
Pierogi is a Polish delicacy which can be described best as dumplings made from dough and a filling. Although it is Polish, it is also popular amongst people of former Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth. The East-slavic Belarusians, Russians, Ukranians, Lithuanians and Rusyns also consume this dish, albeit under a different name. It can be made in many different ways with fillings such as mashed potatoes, onions, mushrooms, meat, farmer's cheese, sauerkraut and spinach, but the standard Pierogi filling is mashed potatoes, cheese and fried onions. Pierogi is also a popular dish amongst vegetarians and vegans as no animal product is needed, as this is originally done with just the dough and water. (In my recipe there is an egg used.)
- 2 cups flour (and more for floured surface)
- 1 tbs. powdered sugar
- 1 egg and 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten together
- one cup warm water
- fresh blueberries