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Interesting Facts about Paska

Fact 1 The famous Ukrainian Easter bread – a sweet, tall, rich in eggs and butter, fragrant and delicious golden tower is called different names in different regions of Ukraine. In western regions it is more commonly referred to as baba or babka, whereas in the central and other areas of

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125th Anniversary of Klym Polishchuk’s Birth

On 25 November 1891, on a cold clear autumn day, a baby boy was born to a poor village family in northern Ukraine, the Polishchuks. His parents chose the name Klym, or ‘Clemente’ in Latin, which means ‘merciful, mild and gentle’. Klym Polishchuk grew up to be a Ukrainian writer

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Remembering Liudmyla Starytska-Cherniakhivska

On this day (17 August) 148 years ago Liudmyla Starytska was born. She later acquired her husband’s surname and thus is recorded in Ukrainian literary history as Liudmyla Starytska-Cherniakhivska, “writer, literary critic, and community activist” (Internet Encyclopaedia of Ukraine). Liudmyla Starytska-Cherniakhivska wrote beautifully. Her Living Grave: A Ukrainian Legend (click here to

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Painting Ukrainian Life: the Captivating Art of Mykola Pymonenko

In addition to offering Ukrainian recipes, Taste of Ukraine reveals the wider world of Ukrainian cuisine and its connections with literature, history and art. The works of some outstanding Ukrainian artists, in particular Mykola Pymonenko, illuminate the fascinating story of Ukraine’s cuisine. Taste of Ukraine includes two of Pymonenko’s works:

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Discovering Pysanka: Nine Things to Know about Ukrainian Easter Eggs

The gorgeous pysanka (plural: pysanky) is a potent symbol of Easter time in Ukraine, but this artistically decorated egg appeared long before the birth of Christ. Pysanky, along with krashanky (singular: ‘krashanka’) are the traditional Easter eggs of Ukraine. Pysanky are exquisitely decorated using a wax-resist method (batik). The designs

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Baking Forty Lark Birds: the Holy Forty’s Day and Numeric Traditions in Ukraine

Numbers, their meaning and associated rituals are important in many cultures. Ukrainian beliefs are particularly rich in ‘numeric’ traditions, especially in customs relating to religious celebrations or special family events. Significant numbers are: one, two, three, six, seven, nine, twelve, thirteen, twenty-seven, thirty and forty. In anticipation of the Day

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Tradition of Paska – Ukrainian Easter Bread

Once a year, for Easter, Ukrainians bake delicious, sweet festive breads that are rich in butter and eggs and are called paska (plural: pasky). You immediately recognise a paska because of its tall and cylindrical shape with a rounded top that is usually decorated with dough ornaments or a white

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‘Favourite’ Paska Recipe

1 kg flour (plus extra flour for dusting raisins), 1 cup milk, 7 eggs, 125 g butter, 150 g sour cream, 350-400 g sugar, 50 g fresh yeast, 1/4-1/2 cup raisins, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1–2 egg yolks for brushing. Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup of

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At Sova Books we enjoy entertaining, informing and intriguing our readers. Discover more about our publications and treat yourself to fun and fascinating extras. Here we share free cooking tips and recipes, travel and culture articles and online tutorials created by the Sova Books team.  

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Recipe: Kutia, Star of the Ukrainian Christmas Eve Supper

Discover Kutia with this traditional easy-to-use recipe. For many Ukrainians Christmas means a season of wonderful festive celebrations and the opportunity to make some delicious time-honoured Ukrainian recipes. On Ukrainian Christmas Eve, which is the evening of 6th January, family members gather together to share ‘Sviata Vecheria’ (sometimes spelt Sviata Vechera)

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