After fasting all day, and after the first star was sighted, the Ukrainian Christmas Eve (“Sviata Vechera”) meal could begin. Kutia was the ritual first dish of the twelve-course meal. It was a time to reflect on those members of the family that had departed. Its origin predates Christianity.
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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.