Tonight we honour our Ancestors, and we do this following Ukrainian custom. Unfortunately, my brother and his girlfriend are sick and cannot join us, so gorging on cabbage rolls won’t happen until next week. (I’m preparing the cabbage rolls anyway, and one or two might not make it into the freezer.) Instead, the two of us will have a simple meal of sausage and cabbage.
I have, however, made a small amount of kutia, a wheat berry pudding that is served as the first dish of the night. Usually I make a very simple version, but there are complex ones that feature druid fruits and nuts. This year, I varied our usual recipe by adding toasted almond slivers and almond extract.
We weren’t going to have a didukh this year, though there was a lovely bundle of wheat in a store we happened to visit, so it came home with us. This bundle of wheat represents the spirits of the Ancestors, and will remain on the altar for the rest of Solstice Tide.