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§ 20. For our faith, brethren, is not of men nor by man, but by revelation of Jesus Christ, which the divine Apostles preached, the holy Ecumenical Councils confirmed, the greatest and wisest teachers of the world handed down in succession, and the shed blood of the holy martyrs ratified. Let us hold fast to the confession which we have received unadulterated from such men, turning away from every novelty as a suggestion of the devil. He that accepts a novelty reproaches with deficiency the preached Orthodox Faith. But that Faith has long ago been sealed in completeness, not to admit of diminution or increase, or any change whatever; and he who dares to do, or advise, or think of such a thing has already denied the faith of Christ, has already of his own accord been struck with an eternal anathema, for blaspheming the Holy Ghost as not having spoken fully in the Scriptures and through the Ecumenical Councils. This fearful anathema, brethren and sons beloved in Christ, we do not pronounce today, but our Savior first pronounced it (Matt. xii. 32): Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. St. Paul pronounced the same anathema (Gal. i. 6): I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another Gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you, than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. This same anathema the Seven Ecumenical Councils and the whole choir of God-serving fathers pronounced. All, therefore, innovating, either by heresy or schism, have voluntarily clothed themselves, according to the Psalm (cix. 18), ("with a curse as with a garment,") whether they be Popes, or Patriarchs, or Clergy, or Laity; nay, if any one, though an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Thus our wise fathers, obedient to the soul-saving words of St. Paul, were established firm and steadfast in the faith handed down unbrokenly to them, and preserved it unchanged and uncontaminate in the midst of so many heresies, and have delivered it to us pure and undefiled, as it came pure from the mouth of the first servants of the Word. Let us, too, thus wise, transmit it, pure as we have received it, to coming generations, altering nothing, that they may be, as we are, full of confidence, and with nothing to be ashamed of when speaking of the faith of their forefathers. - Encyclical of the Holy Eastern Patriarchs of 1848

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings

Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings
December 12th, 2009 in Hot Soups by MeCooking

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Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings

In a lot of countries Christmas Eve dinner gathers whole family around one big table. Borscht with mushroom dumplings is the one of 12 dishes which usually are on that table by tradition in West Ukraine (by the way those dumplings are called “vushka” in ukrainian, which means “small ears”, I guess because of the shape).

Of course, because that is the Christmas Eve and Nativity Fast isn’t finished yet there is no meat used to prepare it: just vegetables and dried mushrooms. This borscht like the rest of the Christmas Eve’s traditional food is lenten, it is very tasty and isn’t heavy at all – most of the vegetables are used to prepare clear broth only and don’t get served with the borscht itself.

At first glance, it may look like cooking it is a bit of a hassle and time spending: so many steps (I’ve prepared 34 step-by-step pictures for this recipe!) and so many manipulations with different cooking utensils. However, you can complete preparation steps a day in advance – for example soak mushrooms, boil them or/and boil beets, you can even make dumplings a day before, freeze them and prepare the borscht next day. And then, nobody said you need to make everything yourself: involve your family into helping you! And have a Marry Christmas!

Ingredients:
Lenten Borscht

3 beets
2-3 onions
1 carrot
1 small celery root
1 parsley root
1 kohlrabi stem (if you have small kohlrabi, like I did, take several of them)
2-3 bay leaves
Sunflower oil
Ground black pepper
Allspice peppercorns
Salt to taste


Mushroom Dumplings (“Small Ears”, “Vushka”)

1 onion
2 oz of dried porcini
All purpose flour, about 4 cups in total
Black peppercorns
Sunflower oil
Salt to taste
How to prepare, step-by-step:
1.Prepare ingredients: choose ripe beets, dark red and sweet; dried porcini can be substituted with dried birch bolets, however I would not advice to use any other mushrooms — the taste won’t be the same. I should probably also mention what original recipe doesn’t include using kohlrabi, however I like it for this recipe:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 1
2.Put dried porcini into a bowl with cold water (about 2-3 quarts) and let them soak for several hours. It is generally good idea to do that a night before if you are planning to cook lenten borscht on the morning.


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 2
3.Boil beets with skin-on till they are ready and set them aside:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 3
4.Pour mushrooms the liquid they were in to the cooking pot, bring them to simmer ove moderate heat and boil for about 1 hour till mushrooms are soft:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 4
5.Drain the mushroom stock to the other cooking pot (you will need it later on) using colander and rinse mushrooms with cold water:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 5
6.Mince boiled mushrooms in food processor or meat grinder, or if you don’t have any of those simply chop them finely with a knife (I’ve used meat grinder):


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 6
7.Warm up a skillet with sunflower oil over moderate heat. Skin all onions, set one aside, and chop the rest (I haven’t done a good job with onions this time: it is better to chop them into smaller pieces than I did on the photos). Fry chopped onions until they are soft and yellow:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 7
8.Add a half of all fried onions to minced mushrooms:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 8
9.Season with ground black pepper and salt to taste (it is good to make the stuffing a bit spicy because the rest of the dish has smooth taste) and mix. Stuffing for dumplings is ready, set it aside for now:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 9
10.Now lets prepare dough for dumplings: put about 2 cups of all purpose flour to a bowl, dissolve 1 tea spoon of salt in a cup or cold water and pour water over the flour:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 10
11.Mix flour with water together until you get a dough you can actually knead by hands (add more flour if needed):


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 11
12.Cover dough with a plastic wrap and let it rest while you prepare vegetable broth for the borscht. For that fill a big cooking pot (about 5-6qts) with a water and bring it to boiling. Skin carrots, parsley and celery roots and slice them into pieces, cut the last onion into big pieces and add all those vegetables to the pot with boiling water:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 12
13.Add 2-3 bay leaves and several peppercorns of allspice and let it all simmer together for about 10 mins:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 13
14.Then skin kohlrabi, cut it into big pieces (I cut each of my small ones into 8 pieces) and add them to the cooking pot. Simmer vegetables together for about 1 hour, then turn the heat of:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 14
15.While vegetable stock is being prepared let’s make dumplings. It is easier to deal with dough if you roll it on big wooden board. So take a big wooden board and powder it with flour, remove plastic wrap from the dough, powder dough with four and knead it several times to make sure it is soft and homogeneous:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 15
16.Cut a quarter size piece of the dough and roll it very thin with a rolling pin (cover the rest of a dough with a plastic wrap to prevent it from drying):


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 16

Cut rolled dough into diamond-shaped pieces with sides about 2” long with a knife:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 16
17.Here is how you make a mushroom dumpling, take a dough piece:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 17

Set about ½ of tea spoon of a mushroom stuffing in the middle of the one dough square:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 17
18.Stick opposite corners of dough square together:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 18
19.Then stick together sides to form a triangle:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 19
20.Pull left and right corners of the triangle to each other and press them together:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 20
21.Repeat for the rest of the dough and stuffing:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 21
22.By Ukrainian tradition a few dumplings in lenten borscht for the Christmas Eve dinner have black peppercorns instead of the mushroom stuffing. It is considered a good sign to eat such dumpling: the person who eats such dumpling will be lucky next year. So, if you want to support this tradition go ahead and make 1 or 2 dumplings with even amount of black peppercorns (7, 9, 11, whatever works better for you), make sure those dumplings don’t look smaller than others, add a bit of mushroom stuffing if needed:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 22
23.Lay ready dumplings on the plate or wooden board powdered with flour so they don’t stick to each other:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 23
24.Now it is a time to “assemble” the borscht: remove skin from the boiled beets, slice them into stripes or grate on the big slots (I prefer to slice), put into another big cooking pot:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 24
25.Put a big colander above the cooking pot with beets and pour vegetable broth into it (make sure it isn’t too hot or beets can lose its color):


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 25
26.You will receive something like this:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 26
27.Warm up the rest of the fried onions a bit and pour them to the cooking pot:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 27
28.Now it is a time to add mushroom stock, you may want to filter the liquid you got from boiling mushrooms if you see any kind of sand in it (the way the dried mushrooms being prepared doesn’t allow them to be washed properly, it is why that can happen especially if the mushroom are home dried).

Then start adding mushroom water cup by cup to the cooking pot with beets and vegetable broth. Taste borscht after each cup and stop at the point when taste of beets and vegetables are balanced enough with taste of mushrooms. Salt and season with ground black pepper to taste and warm it up (but make sure it doesn’t get boiling):



Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 28
29.Bring water in a cooking pot to boil and salt it. Put dumplings to the boiling water and stir:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 29
30.Wait until dumplings come to the surface and make sure water isn’t boiling too much:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 30
31.After about one minute of boiling get dumplings out of the water with a skimmer:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 31
32.Put cooked dumplings to the bowl and smear them with a butter:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 32
33.Set several dumplings into the soup bowl:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings Recipe: Step 33
34.Pour several ladles of vegetable and mushroom borscht, then it is ready to be served:


Lenten Borscht with Mushroom Dumplings
Enjoy!




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