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Pride and Defiance in a Bowl of Borsch
The radio interview “A Ukrainian chef’s Borsch is an act of resistance “ is especially poignant now. The determination is there, the pride, the sense of what could be coming. But all was still calm.
“A chef famous in Ukraine for championing the nation’s cuisine sees his cooking as part of the anti-Russian resistance.” NPR/WBEZ Chicago, February 16, 2022
Chef Klopotenko refers to his devotion to the food heritage of Ukraine as “100 Years Back to the Future.” Ukraine is where Borsch originated and is a powerful tradition and symbol to its people. He is working hard to get UNESCO to recognize Borsch as a Ukrainian cultural heritage: EuroNews UNESCO/Borscht
There are many recipes for Borsch, but if you’d like to try this one from Chef Klopotenko, here is the link:
Chicago, where I live, has a large Ukrainian population; In fact, one of our neighborhoods is called Ukrainian Village. I plan to go there this weekend with friends and have a bowl of authentic Ukrainian Borsch.
I’ve been checking the Instagram profiles of both Chef Klopotenko and NPR reporter Joanna Kakissis and both have posted in the last day, which I was relieved to see.
In a post on February 16th, Chef Klopotenko said:
“Just appeared at the marathon of unity….My main message: we are already one. And in any uncertain situation, cook and eat Borsch. Because it’s about Ukraine. Was, is and will be.”
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