Manitoba Farm Food

This weekend I went for a quick visit to see my Grandparents in rural Manitoba. I was born in Manitoba and grew up going back to visit all the time  and even lived there for a year after high school so it is absolutely my second home.

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I planted onions on the farm with my Jaju( Polish for Grandpa) and loved every minute of digging in the same dirt that my Great Grandparents dug in a hundred years ago! Amazing! After we finished planting my Jaju let me rummage around in some of the old barns on the farm and I found some pretty cool old antique treasures too! Check out the photos below.

 

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A few forgotten treasures that I pulled out  and washed up from one of the barns.

A few forgotten treasures that I pulled out and washed up from one of the barns.

My Grandparents are the sweetest people in the whole world! I always love going to Manitoba and spending time with them.

 

My Grandparents on their wedding day. I love this picture!

My Grandparents on their wedding day. I love this picture!

 

My Baba is the best cook in the world (It`s official)  and every day I was there she would make my favourite foods. For dinner she made my all time favourite Manitoba country supper for me.

 

A good old fashioned Manitoba country supper, after a dya of working on the farm.

A good old fashioned Manitoba country supper, after a day of working on the farm. Baba has mastered the art of frying perogies to the perfect golden colour.

 

Home made, pan fried perogies, boiled Winnipeg kolbassa and of course my favourite cucumber salad. Almost everything that my Grandparents eat is grown and made themselves or bought locally from a farmer. I actually wrote a post a while back about a woman in their town who lived to be 111 by eating locally. You can check out that post here: http://bettydish.ca/high-fats-and-farm-food-help-woman-live-to-be-111/

My Grandparents do not eat this way this intentionally, it is just the way that is it out on the prairies where they live. I think maybe that is one of the reasons why they are still such active seniors to this day. Eating preservative free and homemade is definitely the healthiest way to eat in my opinion. Not all fats and creams are bad – in moderation of course and without preservatives they are actually quite good for you.

I wanted to share her recipe for the cucumber salad as it is so good and I haven`t seen it served anywhere else expect on my Baba`s kitchen table. It is a sweet and tangy fresh summer salad that I`m sure will quickly become one of your favourite go-to recipes this summer.

 

Baba`s  Cucumber Salad

Cucumber salad stock photo

Cucumber salad stock photo

Ingredients:

2 field cucumbers

1 cup white vinegar

Half cup of fresh dill

Onions

5 Dollops Sour Cream

Directions:

Slice cucumber into bite size pieces.

Put cucumber in bowl. Chop fresh dill and add in sour cream and vinegar. Slice half a large white onion add to bowl.  Mix and salt and pepper to taste.

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