It’s a bit unstable between Russia and Ukraine of recent as a result of Ukraine’s ships being seized by Russia, declaring martial law, and the timing of political election.
A little bit about my family, my husband lived a reality through the dissolution of the USSR. The stories he told of his family’s hardship in the early 90’s due to hyperinflation was heartbreaking. All the sudden, they couldn’t afford a loaf of bread. In contrast, I was in middle school in Massachusetts eating an abundance of food while watching basketball games – ogling over Michael Jordan. Towards the end of this blog post, there’s a slideshow of our trip to Ukraine in 2010. A lot has changed since then which I documented in the pictures’ description. Check it out.
Nonetheless, husband’s unbiased views between the countries verbatim was, “When have Ukraine and Russia ever been civil? There has always been conflict.” I don’t want to get into the politics of this possible war, but I made this soup before all this took place so that my husband could get a taste of his childhood. It’s unfortunate that things are escalating back in his home country.
Nevertheless, this soup is both Russian and Ukrainian. Its history dates back, perhaps even before the USSR formed. I did notice that many of the Post-Soviet states use the herb, dill, in their recipes. After all, it is widely grown in Eurasia. Likewise in India, spices such as cumin, saffron, and cardamom are widely used in their dishes since the plants from these spices grow abundantly in the region.
I digress, the soup is especially wonderful accompanied by the early cold winter that graced the Midwest. I made it along with my Soft Yeast Rolls that our six year old dipped in the broth. Like his father, our son has a penchant for Russian/Ukrainian food… and likewise Asian food because he’s also part Filipino. Our one year old daughter is still establishing her taste buds. So far we’ve only let her taste Filipino soups that she can’t seem to get enough of.
I dare all the vegans out there to expand their cooking experience – embrace multicultural cuisine – veganize them – open your mind to learn of another nation’s history, people, economy, and etc. It’s a wonderful world out there despite what is going on in the news. Look for the good, always.