Ukrainian Christmas Eve Meal
Ukrainians following the Julian calendar observe Christmas (Rizdvo) on January 7th. One of the most delicious aspects of the celebration of this holy time is the traditional Christmas Eve supper. The meatless dishes number twelve to represent the twelve apostles. They are prepared without animal fat, milk or milk products and follow a period of fasting. Traditional customs include: • A handful of hay is spread on the table to represent the hay of Jesus’ manger and is covered with an embr...
A Brief Ukrainian Primer
Being so actively involved with BBUF this year has rekindled my own interest in learning (and relearning) about our shared ethnicity as Ukrainians. It’s not quick or easy to catch up on decades of neglect and/or disinterest but I’m trying. Having images of protesting Ukrainians on our daily news reminds me that these are our people. When other parts of the world are hurting because of tsunamis, hurricanes, factory fires, war and all manner of disaster, we act. We donate to the Red Cross....
Do Try This At Home (or how to make a wicked borshch)
The long-awaited first-prize-snagging-borshch-cook-off recipe is finally here. The delay is totally my fault and I apologize to those who’ve been waiting beets in hand to give this a try in their own kitchens. Mundare resident, Helen Zachoda gave me her recipe of the version that most impressed the judges that very day but I was busy with other matters. Helen is also the first to point out that every version is slightly different depending on what she has on hand when making her soup. ...
So what’s in a title? It may mean you’re one of the more than 3000 ‘unique’ people who, through 18,390 page views, visited our official Babas & Borshch Ukrainian Festival (BBUF) website this summer! In which case, welcome back. If you’re a new visitor, thank you! My intention is to use this space as a fun, informal way to provide updates, a sneak peek behind the scenes and talk to you about all things Babas & Borshch. YOU may be Ukrainian or a ‘wannabe.’ Perhaps you want to rel...
Welcome Babas and Borshch Ukrainian Festival
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