We never thought we’d draw culinary inspiration from a place called Vegreville. But that’s just what happened when we dropped into this prairie town on the first leg of our Crash Test Kitchen “Canadian Safari.”
Vegreville, like much of Alberta, has a substantial Ukrainian population, and the town’s giant “pysanka” (Easter egg) is apparently the world’s largest. No, we didn’t make Easter eggs – we whipped up a version of a staple item that you’d probably find among the leftovers in any Ukrainian refrigerator.
Certainly, at any gathering you attend in Alberta that involves communal eating, you’ll likely be offered cabbage rolls – yummy bundles of rice and meat wrapped up in cabbage leaf. Being on the road, we decided to make the “lazy man’s” version. You’ll have to watch the vid to find out how it works, but the recipe is really easy.
Accompanying this dish are pre-made “perogies” – little Ukrainian dumplings that will usually be sitting right beside the cabbage rolls in the bain-marie. And some Ukrainian garlic sausage, just to put your breath right off the scale!
This is our first episode taped and edited entirely using our mobile Crash Test Kitchen, otherwise known as Gus the Bus. And the cooking was done under pretty trying circumstances – Lenny was almost carried away by the mosquitoes that were blanketing Lake Winnipeg.
But we got through it, and more culinary adventures await. So keep watching!