Line Up the Usual Suspects – Gingerbread Men and Pyrogy

We decorated the Gingerbread Men on Boxing Day. In Canada, Boxing Day is December 26th, and at The Red House, it is the day that we normally cook The Wokadoo. And just what is a Wokadoo, you might ask? Many years ago, one of our young nephews was having trouble saying, or perhaps even remembering, the word ‘turkey’. But he was sure, when the bird was still alive, that it made some sort of noise and he was equally sure the sound was ‘cock a doodle doo’. But again, he couldn’t put his finger on that word exactly. The very best he could come up with, was that the bird I had in the oven was a ‘wokadoo’, and that is what I have called a turkey ever since.

It was an Open and Shut Case. The Confectioner had no trouble identifying the culprit who was making off with the Candy Canes…

____________________________

This year, however, we didn’t cook a Wokadoo, opting out for a ham instead. A ham is quick and simple, and compliments the rest of the meal which was prepared by all the guests – pyrogy and holopchi (Ukrainian staples that have many names that can be spelled many ways.)

Our kitchen was a bee hive of activity with no less than 14 people mixing, rolling, stuffing, cooking. 20 pounds of potatoes, a big bag of flour, 2 big cabbages, pounds of bacon, onions, cheddar cheese…

And sinks full of dirty dishes. Bowls, platters, cookie sheets, pots, pans… all were washed over and over again, just to keep up with the pyrogy assembly line.

Once the pyrogy were stuffed, boiled and lined up on cookie sheets, they made their way out to the giant deep freeze, which is the snow bank on the back deck. When they were well chilled, some became dinner that night, while the rest were bagged and sent home with the guests.

Later that night, when the last dish was done, I surveyed the kitchen.  A plate full of Gingerbread Men were on the counter, their candy eyes imploring me to turn out the light and let them get some sleep.

Question: What did the gingerbread man put on his bed?
Answer: A cookie sheet.
– Author Unknown –

Related Read  Gingerbread

Post 271

About

My blog, Fueled by Chocolate, consists of photos of the plants and animals in my backyards in Alberta, Canada and Arizona, USA. I also research and write about anything else that interests me.

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Reflections
33 comments on “Line Up the Usual Suspects – Gingerbread Men and Pyrogy
  1. polly says:

    I love the line-up of gingerbread man.

    Like

  2. winsomebella says:

    I have a similar deep freeze. Nothing works better in a pinch:-)

    Like

    • Margie says:

      Hi winsomebella – I suppose most of us (in lands that have snow) have used the “Big Deep Freeze” from time to time! Fortunately our garage works well for that, because the snow bank on the back deck is vulnerable to visitors, like Mooch the Cat.

      Like

  3. magsx2 says:

    Hi,
    Wow, a feast for a King, sounds like you had a wonderful day, and the way the gingerbread men are decorated is just awesome, boy they look good.:)

    Like

  4. Amy says:

    The pyrogy look so much like Chinese dumplins. Lots of work…

    Like

  5. k8edid says:

    Everything looks yummy. I love pierogies. and cookies. and outdoor freezers.

    Like

  6. jakesprinter says:

    I love this post Margie your Gingerbread looks great and colorful
    wish you luck for 2012 more power to your blog:)

    Like

  7. Evelyn says:

    Sounds like it was a fun day. I love old fashioned work bees, especially when you get to sample the product when all the work is done!

    Like

    • Margie says:

      Hi Evelyn – I expect you had a few good work bees this past summer!
      We try to do the pyrogies at least once a year. It is our way of passing along The Car Guy’s Ukrainian heritage to the next generation.

      Like

  8. I love the fact that your gingerbread men put on “sheets”…happy new year to you and yours!

    Like

  9. I have heard the word pyrogy but don’t know what it is?? Looks like chinese dumplings.

    Like

    • Margie says:

      Hi BRC – I think Pyrogy is Ukrainian for ‘wrap some dough around a filling’. Many cultures do the same thing. The doughs vary, as do the fillings and the cooking, but they all pretty much look the same when they are done.
      Our main filling this year was potato, cheddar cheese, onion and bacon.

      Like

  10. Barb says:

    Okay…I have a thing about animal cracker and cookie humans. I bite their head first. Somehow I secretly think it keeps them from watching their appendages get munched on. I know…I know…I’m a product of my weird imagination. That’s why I figure your line-up of gingerbread men are bragging about who has the most buttons. It looks like a fun night.

    Like

    • Margie says:

      Hi Barb – Last year we used ‘Fred ABC (Already Been Chewed) Cookie Cutters’. They come in a pack of three, one without an arm, one without a leg, and one without a head. Some members of the family were a little distressed with the results, so I went back to a standard gingerbread cutter this year.
      I think that with a little effort, I could decorate and pose gingerbread men so that they told all sorts of stories…

      Like

  11. E.C. says:

    Sounds like a fun and delicious celebration. The gingerbread men are so cute.:)

    Like

  12. Very cute opening photo and caption. Clever woman!

    Like

  13. A cookie sheet, huh? I think I smell a cover up! One of those gingerbread men looks like he’s being framed! Enjoyed your article!

    Like

  14. yearstricken says:

    I love the title and the line up of the little gingerbread men. Such a fun post.

    Like

  15. Yuckah, yuckah on the cookie sheets. And yummy, yummy on the pyrogies! My daughter in law is from Chile and makes them for us when we’re well behaved. The assembly line creation process must make it enjoyable. Fun post. Happy New Year.

    Like

  16. JSD says:

    It sounds like it was a perfect holiday! Happy New Year!

    Like

There, I'm finished. Now it is your turn:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

New and Almost New Posts
It Goes Without Saying…

Photos and Text contained in this blog: © 'Margie', 'Antelope Street Photographers', 2009-2016

All rights reversed.
All lefts converted to rights and exported to Japan.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Little Known Facts of Dubious Value

This Blog:
- lives in Alberta, Canada and Arizona, USA
- was started in November 2009
- has more than 530 posts
- contains over 900 photographs taken by the author

You (and many others) motored here
  • 153,510 times. Thanks for visiting!

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

%d bloggers like this: