KASHA AND VARNISHKES
By Brenda Storch, Messianic Rebbetzin of The Tabernacle
This is one of my go-to comfort foods for cold, dreary fall days. Rabbi’s mom, Daisy, made the best and this is pretty close to her recipe (She didn’t bother with carrots). For all of us in the Midwest, it can hold its own with homemade mac-n-cheese!!! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Brenda Kasha varnishkes is commonly thought of as a holiday dish today, but it comes from very humble beginnings: a poor man's fare from our Eastern European heritage, made from simple, hearty grain and noodles. The word "kasha" is Russian for porridge, though it refers primarily to buckwheat porridge, the most common and inexpensive grain available. The origin of the word "varnishkes" is a bit more puzzling: it apparently comes from a Ukrainian word meaning "stuffed," and refers to the fact that the original Ukrainian dish was made by stuffing kasha into a shell, more like a knish or a pierogi. The Jewish version is made by tossing the kasha (buckwheat groats) with bow tie shaped egg noodles.