Please tell me, what kind of dishes were on the table? What do you remember?
There were… For the first course there was a soup, cabbage soup, beetroot soup, in summer there was nettle soup. The family was large and I was much bored with bringing nettle home. Oh, I wondered it would come out finally. Oh, this nettle! I used to get bored with cutting it. We also collected sedge. Also plantain or «padarozhnik» as we call it now. We boiled it. Well. For the second course we ate grains, or any broth. So that is what we ate. Sometimes we ate stewed meat... potatoes cut round with bacon slices cooked by mum, it was good. And on holidays she boiled meat, divided into parts, one piece for everyone, not like nowadays, there is a full plate of sliced meat and you eat all you want. At that time everyone got one piece, the family was large. Our grandmother lived with us, she was very old. She was with us. And you know. Our father, that was his mother-in-law, asked us not to argue with her or play off. He told us that we couldn’t do that as she was an elderly person. Well. So our mother gave grandmother a bigger piece of meat. Well. And the rest was divided among us. So we lived like this. It was good. She sometimes cooked pancakes, so we ate pancakes. Or «drachy», «draniki» (transl. hashbrowns), or pancakes, it depended. This is it.
Researcher: Олег Коляго, старший преподаватель, ГрГУ им. Я. Купалы