From left, Barbara Addessio, Father Theophan and Christine Peters greet a hungry crowd during their annual blini breakfast Saturday at St. Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church on Trinity Drive. Theophan said the church has hosted the breakfast for 15 to 20 years. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
Ferrin Bullock attends the blini breakfast Saturday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
St. Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church hosted its annual Blini Breakfast Saturday for the community.
The first Blini Breakfast was served in 1999 and the event has continued each year since. A blini breakfast is traditional in preparation for the Great Fast (Lent), which will soon be upon us. This breakfast uses many of the ingredients that will be abstained from for the duration of the fast.
St. Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church said it offers this breakfast to the community in thanks for its continued support.
For those who have never attended, and perhaps do not even know what “blini” are, here’s a quick introduction:
Blini are traditional thin Slavic pancakes that can be enjoyed savory or sweet. Savory options are filled with salmon, pickled herring, mushroom caviar or boiled eggs topped with sour cream and green onion. Sweet ones can be filled with preserves and sour cream.
Larry and Carol Brown clean their plates during the blini breakfast. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
Elizabeth Bezzerides, left, and Stephanie Peters make blinis with all the fixings Saturday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
Jean-Pierre Julien serves up a blini, which is a Russian pancake. Volunteers at the church hand made the pancakes. More than 300 pancakes were prepared for Saturday’s breakfast. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
Liz Meek cuts up a blini pancake for her son, Alex, during the blini breakfast Saturday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com