[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Ger-Poland-Volhynia Digest, Vol 124, Issue 9 - German Dialects

Helen Gillespie gilleh23 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 11 17:21:45 PDT 2013

Perogies - I guess it depends on taste.  We usually had potatoes and
farmer's or dry cottage cheese ones but sometimes Mom would make them with
fruit. My Dad liked those. They were a bit messy though. I guess it depends
on where you lived - or the tradition in your own family.
Or potato pancakes - do you serve them with applesauce or sour cream? Again
- depends on your sources. Or taste.
Or cabbage rolls - lots of rice or with meat ?- It might depend on
location. We always had meat in ours - with some rice - but many Ukrainian
cabbage rolls are meatless. A cost factor or tradition.  I don't know.

In any case - they are all good!


On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 5:54 PM, Carole <rschlesselman at comcast.net> wrote:

> Funny thing about German dialects:  My mother was born in Alberta and
> raised
> in Saskatchewan.  Her parents were from Bessarabia.  My father was born and
> raised in Manitoba.  His parents were from Volhynia.  Both of my parents
> grew up speaking German at home.  However, my father said he spoke "High
> German" which he felt was superior somehow criticized my mother for
> speaking
> "Low German."  They would argue about pronunciations.  The funniest was the
> pronunciation of perogies (a Polish dish, no less!)  But they didn't argue
> just about the pronunciation they also argued over what should be inside
> them.  My father said his mother always put plums inside.  My mother only
> ever made them with potatoes and cheese.  Although we did eat perogies
> (never with plums) my parents never taught us German (too painful?) and to
> this day I regret that.
> Carole (Henkel) Schlesselman
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