The flower gardens were dry enough to walk on and spring bulbs are already a couple inches high, with small brave blooms on snowdrops and crocuses. The girls were here today, Lina and Sveta, helping Tanya clean up her flower beds. We gave them taxi fare and sent them home with one of Tanya's home-made pizzas and a tub of my home-made pork and beans. The girls aren't easy but they can be bought.
Tanya has a yeast raised dough recipe she uses for pirog (pie, stuffed with eg cooked cabbage and then fried) and lavash (like pirog but no stuffing). We discovered it makes a wonderful pizza crust and have been churning out pizzas ever since. Topping as pretty much the same - tomato sauce, various sausage, peppers, tomato slices, dill pickle, mushrooms, green onions, what ever we have, and grated local cheese. Herbs and spices for pizza I need to look up on the internet because I make it up as I go. Oregano, for sure. I put that on anything I can get away with. Garlic salt (too lazy to use fresh garlic, though we have done that too. Something called Italian spice mix but no idea what it is. Dried chili peppers in limited amounts.
Usually if I help we make eight at a time but today, Tanya made four only. She left enough dough for me to try cinnamon buns for the first time. Not perfect but certainly not a failure. They were pronounced delicious. The dough makes a very light bun so it is not an ordinary bread dough recipe, I know that. Next time I will make a full tray.
Glassware is short lived at our home, it seems. To have a pair of matching glass tea mugs, you need to start off with six. Concrete floors covered in ceramic tile are unforgiving and the cups are in constant use. We were getting low. A glass water jug had also gone the way of all flesh (or something) so I stopped in at our favourite kitchen store. Bought a plain jug; was offered a fancy one for twice the price but thought better not. Also bought four lovely glass tea mugs with lilies on them.
He had six but it was pay for them and walk home or take four and a taxi. I opted for the taxi and suggested Tanya stop in on her way home next day and pick up the remaining two. She said she was afraid to go into that store. I understood that as it is an easy place to spend money. She did well, though. Bought the two mugs and only two quite nice decanters which cost $2 each. I would put oil and vinegar in them but vinegar isn't a thing in Ukraine like it is in Canada for salad dressings.