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Friday, April 24, 2009

Pictures- Birthday, Anniversary, Easter... in no particular order...

Cheese Paskha during draining/folding in process (round)
Serge and friend Owen mixing Kulich (sweet bread), Paskha in cottage cheese container forms (Wooden forms not able to be used after many years usage now-w/out a proper form, I make them in these containers-new form hard to find , except one, which is very expensive)
Boys mixing yeast bread, Kulich

6 year old neighbor friend, Saxon, made and brought me this fish- isn't it adorable?
Strawberries just look so yummy in their bowl:)
Flowers to me & hubby from Lara & Serge

Baked Kulich with glaze

Flowers for our anniversary from Mark , Alex's boyfriend- Aren't they GORGEOUS?!!!
26 Flowers from Hubby for 26th Anniversary!!! Heavenly scent!!! 
Alex and Mark Easter Eve night, ready for Midnite serviceSerge w/best friend Owen (Serge has the long hair)-mixing Kulich dough

Bet you never thought that a grapefruit cake could taste good, right? Well, this is Ridgewell's Grapefruit Cake, which is to die for! Mark works for Ridgewell's, a high end catering place that even does White House Events. His dad used to be a student of Ken's years ago, and periodically would get us a cake. All are SUPERB, but this one is interesting because of the grapefruit. We remembered it, and I asked Mark about it, if they still made it. I got one for my birthday last year, and this year got another. Look at the size of this thing! Well, it's so light, and the grapefruit are sweet, and they top it off w/some pistachio nut slivers. But w/ the pistachio recalls, they just used almond slivers for this one. Makes a great breakfast meal-Oh , Yeah, that's right-tehe-fruit and yummy cake, w/a layer of a very light custard , w/buttercream on the outside.
What a fabulous batch of Kulich and Krendel' we were blessed with. This is the big kulich. It was so good, that there's nothing left after just a couple of days. I mean, it was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good! That's because of the great help I had in the kitchen.
Mark serving up cake, and Ken enjoying it, Easter day.

Larissa ready for Easter midnite service.
Alex ready to dive into the Paskha. She has to have it with her strawberries. Easter morning, I was woken up by her crying (yes crying) for the fresh strawberries. She didn't know where they were. She couldn't have her Paskha without her strawberries. This stuff is just THAT GOOD!!! Unique. I can guarantee that you've never tasted anything like it, if you haven't tried Cheese Paskha, and my grandmother's recipe for that matter.:)
Paskha and Strawberries, just haven't yet smoothed out the cheesecloth lines. Typically, the form that is used is a pyramid, with the top 'chopped off' look. And in days of old, they would hang the Paskha from the rafters in the chesse cloth. I had one that looked like that, because I had nothing else to use for a form, so I took our double fine mesh strainer, and placed it over a pot(hanging , so to speak). This is from the cottage cheese container form.
Miniature rose bush I got for my birthday!


Laurie said...

Oh, thank you for posting these photos and I do mean they are YUMMY! How wonderful for your family that you carry on those traditions! Happy anniversary - your flowers were lovely, too!

Oksana said...

Ооо, вот это вкуснятина!!! Пасха очень красиво выглядит, наверное вкуснаяяя!!! Спасибо за приглашение :)))
Да, большая и дружная семья - это здорово!!!