UKRAINIAN - Spring 2022 (Apr-Jun) Cuisine of the Quarter

Regarding telephones: I experienced that as well! I lived there in 93-95 in a smallish town and plenty of people (including me in my studio apt) did not have phones. When I wanted to phone home to the US, I went to the post office to call via an operator.

When I wanted to connect with a local friend, I just walked to their house to see if they were home, and if they weren’t, I’d go to the few cafes or hangouts where I knew they might be. Of course this is impossible in a big city like Warsaw, but it was surprisingly reliable in a little town :slight_smile: It’s so hard to imagine living like that now, what with our supercharged digital connectivity, but it wasn’t really that long ago…


That is a tough one.
When I was younger I use to refer to it as Old Calendar and New Calendar.
I just remember it now because I hear Greg more often than Julius so Gregorian = New Calendar.

I knew that you meant Kolach.
I find a lot of people from Ukraine substitute Russian words for Ukrainian
So I’ve stopped correcting.
It is a different because Kulich is more sweet with icing than a Babka/Paska and a lot of Polish people serve their Easter bread with icing.

I don’t know what your family’s traditions are for us Kolach a.k.a. braided Challah is served during Sviat Vechir.
Ukrainian 12 Course Christmas Eve Supper in remembrance of the 12 Apostles.

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Different parts of Ukraine have different dialects and some parts of Ukraine use a lot of Russian words.

Now as the official language in Kiev is Russain and not Ukrainian.

Kolach is the equivelent to Challah.

Paska/Babka are the sweet Easter breads.
They are indeed very different.

Kolache in Czech or Slovaki is a sweet bread.

Kulich is a Russian word and not Ukrainian and because the Russian language is very prevalent in Ukraine it is easy to confuse the two.

This is the first time I have come across the kulich.
Let census speak for themselves

Interesting read.
Just curious have you visited Ukraine recently?

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You know I’m out of this discussion because 1. We are completely out of topic and 2. It’s too emotional for me


You were comparing Kulich and Kolach
Which are very different.
Kolach in Ukrainian is like Challah.

Paska doesn’t have icing on it and
Kulich does.
Where Paska is more of a sweet bread like Pantone.
They may be baked in the same type of vessel however they are slightly different yet are both sweet breads.

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Cheemo (frozen) perogies with bacon, mushrooms and onions

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Kyivska perepichka, fried sausage/hot dog rolls, a Ukrainian street food!

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From the NY Times today:
For one Ukrainian American home cook, recording and sharing the dishes she grew up eating is an act of resistance. Rescuing the Cuisine of Besieged Mariupol, Recipe by Family Recipe:

Mariupol: A young chef is trying to rescue its cuisine before it’s lost forever


Cooked a few recipes from Olia Hercules’s book Summer Kitchens. Didn’t know her origin was from Mauriupol.

Summer Kitchens by Olia Hercules

Pretty straight forward dish, chopped finely a handful of fresh herbs, the recipe suggested dill and parsley (including stalks), I used a mix of parsley, coriander and tarragon. Chopped a few cloves of garlic, mixed everything with crème fraîche, salt and pepper. Spread the herby chicken evenly on the chicken and inside as well. I cooked the chicken right the way, vs suggested by the recipe to marinate for a couple of hours. Added a spoonful of oil on the roasting pan and cooked with a cover foil in oven at 180ºC (200ºC without fan) for 45 minutes and without the foil for another 15-20 minutes. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. I served with a cucumber salad. Very tender chicken, simple and surprisingly good.


Today i made 84 varenyky like my mother use to make. They

are potato and dry cottage cheese filling. They are being frozen for Christmas :ukraine::ukraine::ukraine:


I love vareniki! We have some berry ones in the freezer I made in summer. Your post reminds me I should pull those out soon to enjoy.

Oh we had a plum tree and my mother always made plum varenyky. We would sprinkle a little sugar and had sour cream with them.

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