Making borscht with the Babas

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the Borscht Queens – I had the feeling they had done this many times . . . . .

Last Saturday Selkirk staff and students joined the Castlegar Doukhobor Women’s Group to put on a fund raising dinner so that we could bring four international students to our new Mir Peace Centre course on “Unarmed Civilian Peace-Keeping.”

The  Doukhobor Community is an integral part of the West Kootenay’s history and present day flourishing.  This hard-working and principled group originally left Russia and then Saskatchewan because of persecution for their pacifist beliefs.  Today they are also valued supporters of the Selkirk College MIR Peace Centre and all educational events that promote global awareness and peace.  They also donate time, food and energy to a myriad of community initiatives.

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The European Union looked at hundreds of studies on well-being and distilled the research to these five main points: Move, Connect, Give to others, Take Notice/Appreciate and Learn new things. Cooking with a group of people satisfies all of these requirements (well maybe not a ton of moving, but those big pots were heavy!)

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Ron Greavison chop chop chopping

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Paris Voykin – Master Mind behind this fundraising dinner with all of her home canned tomatoes that form part of the tasty borscht broth.

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Recipe for a huge canning pot that fed 40 people. Adjust the recipe for smaller groups or get a group of people together and make a huge pot and freeze portions of this comfort food for a cold winter night. We used Yukon gold potatoes to cube and russets for the mashed potatoes.

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Volunteers made dozens of loves of fresh bread to dip in our bowls of borscht.

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Selkirk Students – Paris says that we could do a Saturday cooking event if you are interested in making borscht and bread and having some meals to put away for the winter.  Comment below if you are interested in attending a soup kitchen cooking event and we will organize it some time soon.

This is an opportunity to get some free food and learn how to cook and can one of the quintessential West Kootenay meals!


7 responses to “Making borscht with the Babas

  1. Looks phenomenal — sad that I missed it but was still able to attend via proxy . . . which still emptied my wallet 😉 I see you got two of the best borscht bosses!!

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