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My memoirs, Wedding Song and Leaving Iran, chronicle my life and those of my family members in Iran. Food is an integral part of these stories.

Whenever I read from my memoirs, people from the audience approached me to say how they had stories of their own, often flavored by their favorite food. If they could write, they, too, would tell these stories of family members and friends in the kitchen or around the dining table. 

Thus the idea was born. I could write these stories for them through this blog. 

This website is a collection of food memories and recipes written by many.

 

Enjoy! Please share your stories with me. 

Copyright: Farideh Goldin 2020

 

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Does the aroma of a food remind you of a place? Does a recipe remind you of a special person in your life? 

This blog aggregates stories, pictures and videos of these memories and the recipes connected to them.

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  • Farideh Goldin

Borsht is not just a Jewish soup

Updated: Aug 15

By Tina Micula

Pictures, Courtesy of Stefania Kirsch


The Story:


When Hitler invaded Poland, my father was a young man maybe 18 years old. He tried to escape and get to France through the Pyrenees Mountains, but was unable to and fell into a ravine. He had polio and was weak. Then he was captured and placed in the prisoner of war camp. When he was in the camp, there was a Polish doctor there. They were releasing prisoners they felt would die anyway. My father was one of those, and he was released. I don't know the details but somehow he joined the Polish Army and was sent to Scotland for training.


In Edinburgh Scotland he met my mother. They eventually emigrated. My mother went to Canada, and my father went to New York where his sister was. She later moved to New York and they married.







My mother learned to speak Polish and yes my parents did use it as a kind of secret language. We did go to a Polish Catholic school and were taught polish and learned some of it just by being around our relatives. Food was a sacred thing. My father had gone hungry for so long in Poland. Whenever he would cook something he would present it to us and say isn't this beautiful!






My favorite time with the family was Christmas Eve. We would all pile in the car and go to my cousin's house. My ciocia (aunt) was singlehandedly cooking the feasts. The first course was a soup, Borscht (creamed beet soup) with Uszka (tortellini), followed by creamed herring. Fish provided the main dish of the Christmas Eve feast with sauerkraut and mushrooms (bigos). Next we had pierogi with minced pork inside. Dessert consisted of rudliki, pastries containing crushed nuts and dried fruits. There is in places a belief that whatever happens on Wigilia affects the incoming year. At the end of the meal everyone would break a piece of oplatek (blessed communion wafer) and wish each other best wishes for the coming year.


Our Polish relatives would serve creamed beets as a side dish on Sundays and holidays. We thought it was the most delicious thing ever but when friends came come over they said it looked like Pepto-Bismol and few would even taste them. Their loss! More for us!


Creamed Beets:


2 16 ounce cans of whole beets grated

A quarter cup of flour

One 8 ounce container of sour cream

1 teaspoon of vinegar

1 teaspoon of sugar

Grate on large setting beets into a bowl and drain out any excess fluid. Mix in the sour cream and a flour and when it’s all combined add the vinegar and sugar

Stir it heat it and you have creamed beets

Serve with crackers






Borscht


Recipe:

4 roasted beets or canned beets


4 C stock

1 clove garlic

1 ts sugar

2 Ts lemon juice

salt & pepper

2 Ts flour


1/2 C sour cream














Put all ingredients but the sour cream in a pot and boil for 15 min




















Transfer all to a food processor and blend until creamy


Slowly add sour cream and stir Add grated roasted beets on top
















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