Ukrainian Christmas Eve is not only very rich in traditional foods prepared freshly that day (today in our busy lifestyle most of us prepare many food items ahead of time), and shared by the family during the Christmas Eve 12 course meatless dinner, but also myriad traditions are practiced before and after the meal.
Ukrainian Christmas Eve is a very solemn family time, and just as important of a holiday, as Christmas Day.
The day of Ukrainian Christmas Eve is a fasting day, thus no meat is consumed at all, and all the meals are small, and very simple.
While most children are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the big, jolly fellow in a red suit, who sneaks into their houses through the chimney with presents for everyone, or at least this is how the legend has it, Ukrainian children get their small gifts on December 6th, from Saint Nicholas.
During my working years, I have built beautiful friendships with many of my Jewish colleagues. Now that we are retired, and our lifestyles have changed, it is so wonderful to still keep in touch.
Today at sundown they will begin their Hanukkah celebration with friends and family.
If you love Tortes, but have been looking for a lighter filling, rather than the traditional butter cream one, this is a great recipe for you. The cake layers are very thin, and the filling is mostly apples, with a nice caramel glaze.