There is no denying that a strong connection exists between family (blood or chosen), friends, food, and festivity. A highlight of summers-past in the City of Edmonton includes the ever-popular and wildly tasty Heritage Festival; an August long weekend sun-soaked celebration of our multicultural city. During this time, Hawrelak Park comes alive with a diverse display of various ethnic delights, including food! The current pandemic climate continues to change agendas; we are unable to gather to collectively and the Heritage Festival has gone virtual. As a nod to this festival, a few of our library staff have reached into their family recipe books, and/or Instagram feeds, to share a bit of their heritage with you.
Polish Placki Ziemniaczane
– from Information Services Specialist, @uofalibrary Instagram Jedi, and proud Ukrainian, Eva Romanick.
This is a traditional pan-fried potato pancake recipe and a wonderful comfort food. If you really want to spice up your life, add goulash on top…but maybe next time…baby steps!
6 medium-sized peeled potatoes (please ignore my unpeeled potatoes above)
1 medium-sized onion
4 Tbsp flour
1 large egg
salt & pepper to taste
sour cream for serving – optional but necessary, if you know what I mean 🙂
Grate potatoes and onion in a food processor (you can pulse too, but it’s personal preference). Place mixture into a mixing bowl. Add egg. Mix. Add flour. Mix. Add salt & pepper. Mix. Add oil to a non stick skillet, and heat up. Fry them like you would any regular breakfast pancakes, just a couple minutes each side, until golden brown. Place on plate. Garnish with sour cream and enjoy your placki ziemniaczane supper!
Meredith’s Gallery of Goodies
– Meredith Bratland, our UAL Strategic Communications Manager, Instagrams the MOST. SPECTACULAR. FOOD. Seriously, her feed will make you want to eat your phone.
“We are all about the food heritage in our house and food helps us feel connected to Billy’s [my partner’s] home country, Belgium,” Mer explains, “He is known throughout our family and friends for his cooking gifts and talent. We are definitely a family that shows love through nourishment. My father-in-law is also an incredible cook and has passed his skills on to my partner.“
The spectacular dish on the left is waterzooi, a Flemish stew that can be made with chicken or fish.
Wiart Family Salsa
– from Information Services Specialist, UAL green thumb, & chef /baker extraordinaire, Carmen Loconte. Guy is Carmen’s father and the Rutherford staff can heartily verify that his salsa recipe is the real deal and a trip straight to flavourtown!
Guy’s Salsa Recipe
10 lbs ripe tomatoes (I use romas, if you use other tomatoes, you may wish to remove the skins)
4 cups diced onions
½ cup pickling salt
- Combine and let set overnight (refrigerate, drain the next morning)
Add in a large pot:
6 cups diced celery
2 diced green peppers
4 small jalapeño peppers (take seeds out for mild)
3 tsp dried chili peppers
2 ½ tbsp. mustard seed
1 small can tomato paste
2 cups white vinegar
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp cumin
- Bring all to a boil for 10 minutes and then add ½ cup cornstarch (with water), and boil for 3 more minutes.
- To prepare jars and lids: put in oven at 200 for 10 minutes to sterilize everything.
Thanks for the view, we hope you get a chance to whip up some of these amazing recipes! We invite you to subscribe to our newsletter (scroll down to the bottom right side of this page). From our families to yours, we wish you a safe and happy Heritage Day long weekend!