Most of the Doukhobors that settled in Canada were vegetarian. They believed that it was wrong to kill and this included animals, so it was not right to eat meat. They ate Russian dishes such as borscht, a soup made of many different vegetables to which cream is added. Vareniki and piroshki were also popular dishes. Vareniki were bread tarts filled with potatoes and vegetables. Piroshki were baked tarts filled with fruit.
They did not smoke or drink alcohol. But they drank a lot of tea with lemon and sugar.
The Doukhobors made their own bread, often in large outdoor ovens. Enough bread could be made for the whole village in these ovens. Most Doukhobor settlers had large gardens to grow vegetables and herbs. The Doukhobors of British Columbia planted orchards for fruit. They preserved vegetables, made jams and pickles and stored root crops for eating over the winter.
No matter what was being served, the Doukhobors began and ended every meal by saying grace.
Fruit filling: choose from grated apple, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and chopped rhubarb, Saskatoon berries, cranberries. One heaping tablespoon per tart (frozen fruit is fine).
Recipe submitted by Tamara Tarasoff, and comes from Tamara's Baba Luba. (Baba means grandmother.)