Life Is So Endlessly Delicious

Hey, lads, is anybody hungry here? You are welcome to have some delicious minutes with me. But be aware there is no “taste” button here, you are unlikely to be able to taste anything. Don’t even think!

Fellows, I would like to steal your precious couple of minutes and introduce you some of our Ukrainian traditional food dishes. I promise not to talk too much or too long (although you know me, I hardly can keep this rule), but share with you something interesting about our typical cuisine!

Today in our menu is Vareniki (don’t look at me like that!), sweet Friends, I know that is a very odd word, which has no translation, don’t be in a hurry to your dictionary shelf, you won’t find this word anywhere, since this is a pure transliteration (a very professional term) of the Ukrainian so-called dumplings. Let’s get closer.

In Ukraine, it is said that no vareniki, no holiday! And the truth is it’s hard to imagine a Ukrainian who has never tried these wonderful stuffed dumplings. They were prepared by our grandmothers and are now one of the most beloved and popular dishes in the Ukrainian cuisine. A little history – vareniki are not only a tasty dish but they have a special meaning in Ukrainian culture. They are given to young people on the second day of their wedding (Ukrainian weddings last for 2 days) as a symbol of prosperity for the new family. And when new babies are born again friends and family hand vareniki to young mothers with the words – so that your belly is always full. It’s no wonder why we have so many fatty Ukrainians, they cannot imagine their life without vareniki. Stuffing can be different, typically meat, mushrooms, potatoes and cottage cheese. Almost anything you want. In the picture they are with cheese. Enjoy your meal (but there are only five vareniki and ask for more is not allowed)!

Vareniki

 And how about potatoes friend with onion? Huh! Personally I do not like friend onion, most probably I will take my magical shovel and start the digging. I may be lucky to find a lot of things, which I will put into somebody’s else plate. How smart! Changing the subject, Ukrainians (including me) do like eating potatoes, they adore potatoes and even can eat potatoes with potatoes. We are crazy about it. And you? Yeah, it’s not so healthy. As far as I know potatoes are about 80% of water, in fact, it is even good for our body, as we should drink more. That’s why I don’t see any serious reason not to eat it. I will, you cannot persuade me. Good news for fans of mash: humans can apparently survive on a diet of just potatoes, and milk or butter, which contain Vitamin A and D, the only vitamins missing from the humble spud. Getting back to history I remember that there is some argue about who and when brought potatoes to Europe. The most interesting is that many Europeans did not know what potatoes are, they were using its flower as decoration for their outfits. Can you believe? They were not so smart to check that under flower, somewhere deep, there is a vegetable that is eatable! Ancient folks! Do you like potatoes?

Potatoes

 Now it is salad’s turn. What do you think about salads? I do like them, especially fresh vegetable salads. It is a winter period here, and you almost cannot find fresh (not artificial) vegetables in our shops. If you are lucky, then they will cost a fortune. Many of us have to survive with some tins. Do you prepare tins for winter? No, lazy bones! I suppose Olivier salad should be known for you, but might not for all of you. I have some contradictory feelings towards it. This salad was very popular 25 years ago in USSR times (and I hate this time), but its taste is quite interesting. Olivier salad was discovered in 1860s by a Frenchman Lucien Olivier. He was the co-owner of one of the biggest Russian restaurants. As I heard he kept the receipt in secret and took it to his grave. Anyway, one of smart chef-cooks was able to find some information and create its approximate receipt. n different modern recipes, it is usually made with diced boiled potatoes, carrots, dill pickles, green peas, eggs, celeriac, onions, diced boiled chicken (or sometimes ham or bologna sausage), tart apples, with salt, pepper, and mustard added to enhance flavor, dressed with mayonnaise. Again not so healthy, I agree.

Salad

 At last, I found a good healthy salad for you. Guess, which one? Exactly, exotic salad with sea products. You will fall in love with it. It has a nice spicy taste. It contains different sea products and ginger. Taste is gorgeous, it’s finger-licking good! And the price is awfully uninviting. As soon as I bought it I quickly took the label with price off and threw it out not to cause a kind of heart attack. Unfortunately, in my country sea products are pretty high, Ukrainians almost forget the taste of usual calamaris. So, friends, if you have some extra sea products, don’t forget to share with us, we will appreciate it so much!

Exotic Salad

 Sushi, sushi, you can easily attract my tongue, and usually it’s difficult. Who wants sushi? I should tell in advance that in Ukraine we don’t have original sushi, I mean which should be made of raw fish. The only raw fish is salmon or trout. All other specific type of sea products and so on, are commonly fried or boiled. A typical Ukrainian won’t dare to put into his/her mouth anything which is moving yet. Believe me, it’s impossible. For many of us such exotic cuisine is still very strange. Though Ukrainians did get used to our own sushi and enjoy them with pleasure. Surely, it’s not cheap type food, but on special occasions we can let themselves!

Sushi

It’s all for today, but we will come back to Ukrainian cuisine and taste preferences. Our national cuisine is very rich in natural ingredients. Ukrainians do like food and prefer cooking at home. They are capricious and demanding. I hardly call them gourmets, but they do enjoy table party traditions. And you didn’t hear yet anything about our vodka…hm, be patient!

See you next time!

Yours Chef-Cook Ann

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78 thoughts on “Life Is So Endlessly Delicious

    1. I will keep it in mind and promise to write more about our cuisine and share receipts next time! This is just the beginning, don’t worry! I am warming up the dishes! Thank you for your kind words! Happy to see you! Enjoy your dinner and evening!

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  1. Doug Lafuze

    Well that blog just made sticking to my diet extremely difficult! 😂 It all looks so tasty! The vareniki looks like what the kids and I know as pierogies. We’ve only had (store bought) cheese filled ones and ones filled with mashed potatoes and onions and they were heavenly! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to see what’s next! 😍😁

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    1. Dear Doug, you are as sweet as vareniki! Hugging you for your extra delicious words! Sorry that I made break your diet, fortunately, just for a couple of minutes! Next time don’t miss the opportunity to visit me and come to taste vareniki, I will keep a portion for you! Best wishes and lovely evening!

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    1. It’s so pity about potatoes, but it can happen! Thank you, dear Maria, for your delicious compliment! I know I am answering too late to wish you “bon appetite”. Time difference is big one, I suppose there is a day time there now, but maybe you are having some lunch yet!

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  2. I found my Way here while I was wandering on wp and I’m so glad I did! Those pictures are so wonder they make my mouth water… Thanks for sharing them with us. I think I’ll stick around for longer (follow you) and read other articles you’ve written. Do drop by my blog too if you like light hearted reads inspired by everyday life! Cheers

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    1. That’s my biggest pleasure to see you here at my blog, my dear Friend! I have a rule that my every new follower is automatically is my friend, so my warmest hugs and sincere greetings. You don’t even know how glad I am to meet you! I will definitely check your blog, thank you so much! Stay in touch and have a sweet evening! Honored to have you as my new friend! Take care!

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  3. Someone needs to invent a “taste” button seriously. Sushi. I love sushi. Who wouldn’t? They are perfect for snack or lunch. I also like the potatoes with onions; great with eggs for breakfast. Thanks for this post, Ann. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 🙂

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    1. Exactly, my dear Anna, it can be the greatest development in the whole world. And I believe that one day it can happen, since our high-tech world develops so fast! Yeah, sushi, I adore it. Great idea about potatoes with eggs, my husband likes it! Thank you for coming to see me, so happy! Have a nice and delicious day! Hugs!

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    1. Hello, Arcane, it’s my biggest pleasure to meet you and see you at my blog. How are you, my dear Friend? I am glad my photos make your feel hungry, that’s a good sign! You too have a wonderful day and stay in touch!

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    1. Thank you, Estelea, you know that you are always welcome for a dinner with me! I always keep a portion for you! At this moment, for example, I have a freshly cooked borsch, one more traditional Ukrainian dish. About it I will talk next time! Have a delicious Sunday!

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  4. Dear Ann,

    You are a great writer, a great photographer, a great cook! And you have a great and wonderful personality! Thanks so much for being great on whatever you decide to do! Have a wonderful day, my dear friend! Hugs, 🙂 Fabio

    PS: … and I will wait for the Ukrainian vodka … 🙂

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    1. Dear Fabio, you are like perfect music, so many sweet compliments, thank you very very much, my sweet Friend! Although I think of myself more modestly! You too have a wonderful day! Tight hugs! Vodka or, better to say in Ukrainian gorilka, will be delivered, promise! Cheers!

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  5. The Irish and Ukrainians both love potatoes! You know, Ann, that explains a lot! Ha!

    Thank you for the delightful trip through your menu. I love how it seems you are reading these to us in an excited, animated voice. That’s how they read to me. It’s just so much fun to read! You have a gift in that respect, my friend. Yes!

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    1. Jim, Jim, my dear Buddy, you don’t know even how happy I am to know you liked my piece…I am in the seventh heaven! Yeah, I do like talking to you, I would like to make words sound, so nice to know I am able to do it! But you know I am modest and need to learn a lot to improve it. Hugging you and sending you my best wishes! Take care!

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    1. Dear Susana, yeah, it seems I am a mind reader and just another fan of potatoes! I am so glad you liked and surely I will cook for you! Take care, my dear Friend, and don’t forget to come for dinner! Hugs!

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