Kutia (ukrainian traditional)

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 cups Wheat
3 quarts Water
1 cup Poppy seeds
⅔ cup Sugar
⅓ cup Honey (dissolved in 3/4 cup hot water)
½ cup Chopped walnuts
1 \N Apple cut into 1/4 inch squares

This is the ritual first dish of the 12 course Christmas Eve Supper.

The wheat represents the staff of life, the honey represents the Spirit of Christ

Dry wheat in 250 degree oven for one hour, stir occasionaly. Wash, soak in cold water overnight. Next morning, bring wheat to boiling point, simmer for 3 - 4 hours, until kernels burst open.

Scald poppy seed, simmer for 3 - 5 minutes. Drain, grind twice using the finest blade of food chopper. Set aside. Combine honey and sugar in hot water. Set aside. After all ingredients have cooled, combine in one bowl and add the chopped apples (if desired). This dish is to be served cold and will not keep well at room temperature. Store in fridge until ready to serve.

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