Varenyky – famous Ukrainian dumplings

Varenyky – famous Ukrainian dumplings

If by any chance you've seen "Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka", you remember the humorous episode in which varenyky kept jumping into Patsyuk's mouth all by themselves 🙂 [youtube]DlBLMpbTxk8[/youtube] If you haven't, than it's highly recommended, especially for those interested in the Ukrainian culture. It's there on YouTube with English subtitles. Alternatively, you can read the ...read more »

The Napoleon cake – my imperial treat :)

The Napoleon cake – my imperial treat :)

I've noticed baking isn't a big thing in India, and I have to admit I do feel a bit nostalgic when I think of the big, spacious gas oven in may parents' apartment in Ukraine. Actually, every Ukrainian household has that sort of oven. Otherwise, how would you spoil your family with cakes, pies, pizzas, ...read more »

Kherson in autumn – autumn in Kherson :) Photo memories of my home town

Kherson in autumn – autumn in Kherson :) Photo memories of my home town

What is autumn in India? It's the end of the monsoon, Ganpati festival and bright sunshine. What is autumn in Ukraine? It's the end of long summer holidays, beginning of a school year, shorter days, softer sunlight and burst of colors in nature. In autumn my home town - Kherson, is especially charming. Just like ...read more »

My daughter in a traditional Ukrainian outfit, or Of national identity of kids in intercultural marriages

My daughter in a traditional Ukrainian outfit, or Of national identity of kids in intercultural marriages

A few years ago my aunt sent a very meaningful gift for Adriana (at that time Alexandra and Ares weren’t there with us yet) – “vyshyvanka”. It’s a traditional Ukrainian shirt with beautiful embroidery. The colors of the Ukrainian embroidery vary from region to region, but the most common include a combination of black and ...read more »

Andrew’s Descent (Andriyivsky Uzviz) – a charming street in Kiev

Andrew’s Descent (Andriyivsky Uzviz) – a charming street in Kiev

Andrew's Descent (Andriyivsky Uzviz) is one of the most picturesque streets in Kiev that always attracts tourists as well as the city dwellers. It was named after Andrew the Apostle, or Saint Andrew, a patron saint of Kiev. According to the legend, after preaching in the south of modern-day Ukraine he traveled up the Dnieper River ...read more »