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Lithuanian Dishes
Jan 28th, 2020 at 12:25am
 
   My mother was pure Lithuanian.  Grandmom had immigrated to America alone in 1902 when she was twelve with two dollars in her pocket and no knowledge of the English language whatsoever.  Somehow she adapted. Though Mom was a wonderful cook for some reason she only learned two recipes from Grandmom. 
    The first was Belinis.  A Belini is a deep fried pancake made from potatoes and onions.  Once fried dark brown you salt it and give it a generous dollop of sour cream. I miss them much.
     The other was (I have no idea how to spell it) Klatskis.  A klatski is a big boiled dumpling filled with a meat mixture that tastes much like Kielbasa. They are very filling. A normal person can barely finish one.  My dad, brother Danny, and I had legendary appetites.  We could eat two or three.  I wish I had learned to make these.  Wonderful stuff.
    Do you have any favorite ethnic foods from your childhood?
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Re: Lithuanian Dishes
Reply #1 - Jan 28th, 2020 at 3:08am
 
Very similar foods to those are quite popular in Finland, mostly in the East because of the influence of Russia. There are quite a few blini cafe's around Helsinki.

It's kind of funny how boring my family history is Cheesy My father's family are from around Stoke and a few years ago he researched a bit about his family history. Almost all of them were either miners or potters (worked in the many pottery factories of the Midlands), a lot of the birth and marriage certificates were signed with X's and they never moved more than a town over. In one case he found his great great grandfather lived on the same road as HIS great grandfather.

My mother's family are Scottish mostly but she grew up in North London in a pretty typical household. Because of this, my family meals weren't all that exciting or exotic. Pretty standard British food. What is standard British food? Well, my parents gave my girlfriend's parents a British cookery book as a Christmas present a few years ago and, flicking through it, I realised almost all the main meals were some form of meat wrapped in some form of pastry Cheesy My dad did like experimenting though and trying new things. One thing that became a favourite is a Greek spinach and filo pastry dish called Spanakopita. I recommend it.
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