Simone Thiessen standing in her kitchen in front pan of verenika
MCC Photo/Simone Thiessen

Simone Thiessen, MCC Manitoba's community engagement coordinator, making verenika, an old family recipe.

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Listen in on a conversation about food assistance while Simone Thiessen teaches Kyle Rudge a family recipe.


Join Threads host, Kyle Rudge, and Community Engagement Coordinator Simone Thiessen as they talk about the importance of food, community and global food assistance while making a favourite family dish, verenika.

Many communities throughout the world are in need of emergency food assistance or support towards long-term food security. MCC Manitoba is helping provide food for these communities through Grow Hope, a program that connects rural Manitoban farmers and global communities. 

As Grow Hope farmers begin planting their crops for the season, sponsors are needed. To learn more about how to get involved with Grow Hope visit


Grandma Hildebrand's Verenika Recipe:



  • 500g dry cottage cheese (strain if needed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • salt

Mix together. 


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mix dry ingredients in bowl and set aside.

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp butter

Once wet ingredients are mixed, add to dry ingredients. Mix until dough is a noodle-like texture, add extra sprinkle of flour if needed. Roll out and cut into squares. Fill with filling, pinching the edges. Cover with tea towel until ready to boil. Boil in salted water for about two minutes until verenika floats to the top. Optional, fry the cooked verenika in butter. Serve with sour cream or sauce and farmer sausage.

Verenika Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 tbsp butter


The dough is ready to be cut into squares.MCC photo/Simone Thiessen

Don't forget to cover the folded and pinched verenika so it doesn't dry out!MCC photo/Simone Thiessen

Kyle's delicious verenika, ready to eat!MCC photo/Kyle Rudge

Threads, formerly known as Word and Deed, was established in April 2007. It is a 15-minute radio program hosted by Kyle Rudge featuring the work of MCC in Manitoba and around the world. Threads broadcasts on CFAM AM 950, CHSM AM 1250 and CHRB AM 1220 at 8:45 am every fourth Sunday of the month. Visit to hear more podcasts from MCC Manitoba.