Cuisine: Ukrainian

Salo (pork fat) pizza.

Pizza with pure pork fat as its main topping is unlikely to appear on your Pizza Express menu, granted. Pizza with Ukrainian cured pork fat – salo – is even less likely. But the combination makes a lot more sense

Cuisine: Ukrainian

Ukrainian banush – a hug and some action in one bowl.

Khrushev – that charismatic leader of the communist party in USSR in the 60s – is memorable on two accounts in my mind: for letting soviet couples to have sex in private and for introducing corn to the nation. With

Cuisine: Ukrainian

Ukrainian brunch – eating off a face..

I have a healthy fascination with making people feel squeamish. As a food anthropologist (to be), I am interested in that instant, guttural reaction to foods – and food ideas – that provoke people to either shut down, reject or

Cuisine: Ukrainian

Shponder, or the Ukrainian milk and blood beauty.

They called me milk and blood. They call some women in Ukraine milk and blood, referring to a certain wholesome combination of nurturing flesh and a determined spirit (I like how some religions ban this very combination in food…). And

Cuisine: Ukrainian

Next Brunch Club announced – Ukraine and its lard(er)

After nearly a month of travelling in this fascinating, multifaceted, rich in soil and people’s stories, land, I would like to invite you to sample the delights of my exploration. And it is not all about salo, if  you wondered.

Cuisine: Ukrainian

Crisps a la Ukraine

Alik is a generous, insightful, purposeful man who likes politics, Ukraine, and a goblet of good whisky.   Alik happens to be an ex-husband of Lyuba, an amazing woman who hosted me in Lviv (West of Ukraine), fed me and

Cuisine: Ukrainian

Ukrainian heros – part 1.

Apart from eating pork fat shaped as genitals and drinking copious amounts of warm vodka in Ukraine, I have been talking to people. About salo, about the future of Ukraine and its land, about the little things that seldom matter.

Cuisine: Ukrainian

A museum of salo in Lviv – breaking stereoptypes with a slab of fat?

It is not often that I dine on phallus made out of pork fat, filled with dumplings.     But then it is not often that one visits a museum fully dedicated to a product that many people would feel

Cuisine: Ukrainian

Eating in the South of Ukraine – a little sparkle, a little squirt.

Mayonnaise. Mayonnaise and sparkling water – is how I would describe the eating culture of Southern Ukraine.   Needless to say I am exagerating and only giving here a glimpse of a very particular place in the South of Ukraine,

Cuisine: Ukrainian

Lviv: Salo as high art and basic staple.

This is what greeted me on arrival to the city of Lviv – literally, the moment I got out of the train.    As a friend with whom I’m staying here had told me a few weeks before I arrived: