Monday, April 01, 2013
Happy Dyngus Day! Dyngus Day is to the Polish as St. Patrick's Day is to the Irish. It occurs on Easter Monday. It is a day celebrater since 900 a.d. The boys had the tradition of "watering" the girls with buckets of water, and nowadays squirt guns. Nowadays the girls do the same. Tradition stems from the watering of Christians at baptism.
(Don't know how....)
It is celebrated in American towns like Buffalo and Cleveland.
In Cleveland.... Festivities kick off about noon in neighborhood pubs and restaurants, including Spice, XYZ Tavern, Battery Park Wine Bar, Reddstone, Happy Dog, the Parkview, Luxe, Toast Wine Bar and the Harp. (No, I don't go to bars myself) Polka bands and dancing are my favorite activity.
At 4 p.m., the Parkview on West 58th Street will host the Miss Dyngus pageant. The winner of the crown will place the ceremonial pierogi on the Dyngus float, kicking off an accordion parade of costumed frolickers up West 58th Street. (I do love accordian music and pierogi.)
Foods are rich. Some healthier ones are roast veal, White Borscht Recipe - Polish Bialy Barszcz, horseradish with beets and Braised Red Cabbage Recipe - Czerwona Kapusta Zasmazana.
Can anyone make a lo-cal pierogi that tastes good?