Preparation of keitinpiiras: the crust of the pie is filled and closed, 1935
Picture: Hirsjärvi Auvo, Ethnographic Picture Collection, Finnish Heritage Agency
In this photo, my attention was drawn to the icon in the corner, Christ made without hands *. I think this is from somewhere in Karelia, somewhere around there. Countryside atmosphere, a long table… I remember when I was six and I was brought from the Urals, we had a cottage just like that. A long table and a wide bench under the window that also served as a sleeping place… I remember how in the fall we could already get meat because the cattle were usually slaughtered in the fall, but we didn’t have a fridge… Five children, father and mother. On the long table, Mom rolled long, large and round pieces of dough for dumplings… My father made very good minced meat. No one else made the similar kind. He put a lot of onions in it, and the minced meat became succulent. And we, the kids made round pieces of dough with drinking glasses or goblets, and father put minced meat in each small, maybe six-centimeter-diameter ball and somehow virtuosically he closed the dumpling. And the dumpling is ready! Next to it, we had long, floured plywood boards on which we placed all the dumplings… It probably took all day. It was cold and frosty outside. We make dumplings and take them with baking tins to the entrance room of the house, and then we pour them from into a cloth bag. It looks exactly like… A big, clean-scraped white table like mother used to prepare it… And all of us around… also the mother looks similar, scarf on her head… and I think she had that kind of tied apron with plaid pattern. A very warm memory of childhood, came to my mind.
*Christ made without hands is a common icon type