regular Christmas and New Year and our holidays that we celebrate in the Russian Orthodox faith. My voice is still sounding kinda like a frog after three nights of starring. Starring is an old tradition in the Russian Orthodox Church. Starting on January 7, which is Christmas on the Julian calendar, parishioners, with homemade stars, go from house to house singing a prescribed group of carols. The songs that you hear are predominantly sung in Slavonic and Unangam tunuu, the liturgical language of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Aleut language, respectively. The carolers are reenacting the journey made by the three wise men, who, according to the Bible, followed the star of the east to Jesus when he was born. FYI, for next year, we welcome all to come.
I am a little peeved at myself for not outlining all the home improvement projects that I wanted to get done this winter, and now Unalaska Building Supply is shut down so I can’t even buy a gallon of paint. Caleb and I moved to a very small house this summer and painting the dark woodwork around the windows and ceiling edge would go a long way in making it look larger. As it is, we are totally in each other’s way all the time. So we have to do things to not drive each other crazy. While he was at work the other day, and before I went to work, I baked a batch of poppyseed bread. (Kristine – this is what I was going to bring to StoryCorps on Saturday, but it wasn’t done.) It is a recipe that I have used for years. I can’t even remember where I got it, and have made the bread so many times over the years that I don’t even need a recipe anymore. I am sure that it must have come from the can of poppyseed filling, or my 30 year old copy of Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. So several months ago, I wrote it down for my friend Zoya, and I guess this is a good place to post it so that my girls can have a copy. Maybe this will be Unalaska’s first food blog!
Poppy Seed Bread
Makes 2 loaves
3 Tablespoons sugar
½ Teaspoon salt
2 ½ Teaspoons active dry yeast
½ Cup sour cream
¼ Cup water
½ Cup butter
1 can poppy seed filling or recipe below
Confectioner’s sugar (optional)
1 Cup poppy seed, ground
1 Cup sugar
2 Tablespoons shortening
¾ Cup milk
Remember: Kids Night Out, Wednesday, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, United Methodist Church.
Call Channel 8 at 581-1888 to volunteer for thier annual fund raising auction.
Friday, January 23, 2009, Father Michael Oleksa will be the keynote speaker at a community celebration commemorating Martin Luther King. Friday’s event is called Celebrating the Dream and will be held at the community center at 7:00 PM. Come celebrate Unalaska’s great diversity!
On Saturday evening, the Aleutian Arts Council is holding its Annual Meeting. The event will be held at the Grand Aleutian Hotel. Food and live music will give you something to do.
Volunteer for one of the many non-profits in town!