October 20, 2021

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And I’m back … in September 2020 – Modernyj Korovai

And I'm back ... in September 2020 - Modernyj Korovai

Oh hee! What do you mean “where have I been”? Just, you know, I’ve lived in isolation for the past six months. Shortly after I broke off with thoughtful thoughts like “Who knows what summer 2020 has in store” and “I can’t wait for the wedding season to come”, the whole world has closed. And huge disappointments over the marriage ensued.

I take a light tone, but frankly, I hope you have remained healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. All the worst things aside (this is a blog with upbeat topics, after all), this couldn’t have been easy for couples putting their lives on hold. Just recently, weddings have reappeared on my calendar … and it’s good to be back!

I’m starting the September wedding series with a simple but thoughtful creation for a talented Ukrainian visual artist. Her wedding was supposed to be a big celebration in Grafton, ON, but with the restrictions tied to the pandemic underway, the marriage had to be scaled down to an intimate relationship of 25. Be a founding member of the Eastern European folk group Kosa Kolektiv in Toronto, the bride wanted to incorporate a braid around the top of the korovai, like kosa means “braid” in Ukrainian.

While it looks small and simple, this korovai was particularly challenging to cook – I’m not kidding when I tell you I attempted to cook it 4 times. Why do you ask? Because the bride requested a simple top, which is SO hard to get: the yeast has a mind of its own and creates pockets of gas in the most unpredictable places. That’s why they tell you to cut the bread dough before putting it in the oven… So, after the final leavening of the fourth attempt, I feverishly pierced the visible air bubbles with a toothpick and it finally came out just as I had hoped.

Greetings to the happy couple and congratulations on making it happen during these crazy times! The world needs more marriages 🙂