My Grandmother’s Recipes: Part 3, Appetizers.

We are up to holiday appetizers and Part 3 of my story, Beautiful People (click for Part 1Part 2, Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7).

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3. Hassidic Jews – from Hassidism, a religious movement originated in Southern Poland in 18th century

4. Reds – supporters of the Red (Bolshevik, later Communist) Army

5. Whites – supporters of the old regime, or Czarist Army

6. Greens – supporters of the Ukrainian Nationalist Army, as well as random gangs or unaffiliated marauders. All of these were warring factions during the Civil War of 1918 – 1920.

7. Vera Kholodnaya – one of the most famous Russian silent movie actresses, analogous to Bette Davis or Marlene Dietrich.

8. Shivah – seven days of mourning following the death of a relative.

9. Birobidjan – an autonomous republic established for Jews by Stalin’s order in 1934, located in the far northeast of the Soviet Union, close to the Chinese border.

10. Shikseh – a woman or girl of non-Jewish birth.

As you will find out when you open the actual appetizer recipes, they are loaded with symbolism meant to bring good luck in the New Year – “a bissele Mazel“!


18 Comments Add yours

  1. lifelessons says:

    Such a sad sad history. So you never found out what happened to Riva?

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    1. Nope, it was totally hushed up in the family.


  2. Did you try fenugreek leaves? I missed the carrots and honey first time round.

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    1. No, because it was not in my grandmother’s repertoire, but I am more than willing to try next year. Since I am still in the wheelchair, I am not cooking this year. We are being hosted by the Rabbi’s family for holidays.

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      1. I’m so sorry you are still in the wheelchair

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      2. Thank you, Derrick. It’s a long process, but I am navigating around the apartment easily, other than the kitchen, because the aisles on both sides of the central one are too narrow. My husband is still cooking, under my supervision.

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      3. I hadn’t realised. But then, you don’t dwell on it X

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      4. Why would I want to? This is part of life, and there are much more interesting subjects to write about.

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      5. Understood – and identified re my knees 🙂

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  3. Sheree says:

    How wonderful that you have this record

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Sheree.

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      1. Sheree says:

        You’re very welcome

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  4. GP says:

    Quite the history and delicious food to accompany it!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, GP.

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  5. It makes me sad to think how many beautiful young girls with stars in their eyes were lured away by unscrupulous men.

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    1. Yes, especially in the whirlwind of the revolution and social changes.


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