Baba would make holopchi for special occasions; be it Ukrainian Christmas, a wedding or a family get-together. The filling was composed mainly of rice, but in the Ukraine, buckwheat was commonly used in place of rice.
Making holopchi is a time-consuming process; often taking a whole day to complete from start to finish. Today, you can buy them already made, but the challenge and satisfaction are in making them yourself and keeping the tradition alive.
Patricia Caine (nee Rusnak) is originally from Thunder Bay, ON. Both her parents came to Canada from the Ukraine. She has put these recipes together as a tribute to her parents, for her family and Canada's 150th.