In spite of sprawl, urban blight, and other factors, Buffalo still has a vibrant Polish-American community. Every Easter you’ll find them—and everybody else—at the Broadway Market, where in addition to such specialties as placek, holiday kielbasa, and pierogy, there are various renditions of psanky/pisanki, decorated eggs.
Over the years, I have become addicted to these eggs; they have utterly spoiled me for the dyed eggs of my childhood. Traditionally, the decorated eggs are made by Ukrainians, Poles, and other European cultures for Easter, but like many Christian customs, their origins go back to ancient nature worship. There are wooden ones that are also very charming, but I love the wax-resist-method eggs pictured here. (These are not the priciest.) Some of you may know how to make these; I took one look at the instructions and decided to continue providing economic stimulus to their makers.
The survival of traditions like psanky seems very much aligned with the local, the fresh, and that which you have brought/helped bring into being with your own two hands.
Tomorrow we’ll be beating each other with pussy willows, but that’s another story … another tradition …Posted by Elizabeth Licata on April 12, 2009 at 5:00 am, in the category Eat This.