Easter Memories

By Beverly Gutenberg, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

I was interested in the submission of David Kirschenmann because the experience was the same as mine. As a Catholic we were forbidden from eating meat on Friday so out came the noodles. I loved them - we had the egg noodles that Michael described and what I called "fat noodles". The latter were made from flour, milk, a bit of oil but no salt - similar to dumplings for stew. They were then treated similar to the preparation of dough as in bread. They were kneaded and then rolled by hand into strips and cut into pieces. My job as a child was to roll these pieces of dough which had been sprinkled with flour and made my hands itch with the friction of rolling them. They were put in a frying pan with butter and a little water and cooked for 20 minutes. My mother would make two frying pans of these fat noodles - one with onions for my father and sister, and one with sauerkraut for my mother and I. One had to add the correct amount of water to have them steamed. All the water had to be evaporated in order to have the right consistency of the noodles. We loved the crusts that developed in the process. We also ate these with prunes or more frequently with canned Saskatoon berries.

I remember going to church several times during the Easter weekend - on Good Friday was a somber ceremony because it was the day Christ was crucified, Saturday midnight was the time we met in the basement of the church and witnessed the blessing of the Holy Water and the new fire then were all proceeded up the stairs to the church proper. Sunday was, of course, the joyous celebration of Christ arising from the tomb.

We got new outfits to wear at Easter.

We would always have dyed Easter eggs for which to search. These eggs would traditionally be dyed on Good Friday at our house. I can't remember getting the basket but I remember making the basket out of shoe boxes and crepe paper.

My family came from Kandel and Strassburg in the Ukraine, lived in the area of Orrin for a few years and then in 1906 emigrated to the Saskatchewan prairies near Tramping Lake in St. Joseph's colony.

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