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We all have a favourite food - you know, that one particular dish that makes our taste buds tickle and our mouth water just thinking about it. In Tammy Marlowe Johnson's case, it's the perogy.
In fact, Tammy, who's a Winnipeg writer and director, is so devoted to this delicacy that she made a film about it. The documentary, simply titled Perogy!
debuts on MTS Television on Demand this weekend.
Tammy waxes positively poetic about this little dumpling. She says it
has "transcended its humble Ukrainian beginnings to achieve rock star
status among cultural foodstuffs."SCENE asked Tammy to share 5 things she learned while making this Perogy! documentary
1. You can spell the word a whole bunch of different ways: pyrohy, pierogi, perogi, varenyky, perogy, pierogy, pyrogy.... All are equally delicious.
2. Thousands of Ukrainians from across the country and the world descend upon Dauphin, Manitoba, every summer to celebrate music, tradition and (of course) perogies at Canada's National Ukrainian Festival.
3. Controversy abounds as to the best way to cut, fill, cook and dress a perogy: in squares or in circles, with potato, sauerkraut or fruit; boil, bake or fry; with onions, butter, bacon, sour cream... Again, all are equally delicious.
4. Contemporary perogies are stuffed with any number of unusual goodies: chicken, pizza filling, Mexican-style refried beans, even onions in a beer marinade.
5. The perogy is not only famous north of the border. In the United States, the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team hosts a Great Pierogi Race every year in which several mascots dressed as perogies race against each other.Listen to Tammy Marlowe-Johnson's interview on Information Radio.
Tammy Marlowe Johnson
has been a professional writer for 15 years and is a proud and active member of the Manitoba film and television community. In addition to her writing and directing work with Numan Films
, Tammy's most recent project, Verdict
- an innovative, interactive legal drama web series produced by Frantic Films
- will debut online in February. She also created a one-hour drama series, which is currently in funded development with CTV.Perogy!
is Tammy's first documentary as a director, and it's a labour of love in honour of her heritage. She's so happy she's Ukrainian so she could make a film that celebrates her culture's favourite - and most delicious - foodstuff.