Ukrainian and English national cuisine
There are many different cuisines in the world and each of them has it’s own special taste and secrets. As people say ‘’ Every man to his taste’’. And now I’d like to tell you about Ukrainian national cuisine. Well-known for its great diversity and amazing flavors, Ukrainian cuisine has had a number of influences including Russian, Polish, German and Turkish. Popular ingredients in the cuisine of Ukraine are meat, mushrooms, vegetables, berries, fruit and herbs. As Ukrainians are extremely hospitable their meals are served in very generous quantities. Some of the best Ukrainian cuisine is actually very simple. Dishes often contain pickled vegetables when these are not in season and certain dishes can only be made when ingredients are available. Pastries and cakes are popular, but not very sweet. Let’s see some kind of dishes which are very popular in Ukrainian cuisine. First of all there are some kinds of aperitifs such as borshch (beet soup often made with meat), ukha (fish soup typically with carp), hybivka (mushroom soup), vinigret (beetroot salad made with beans, peas and onions), oseledets (pickled herring salad with onion, sunflower oil and pepper), paska (Easter bread), korovai (braided bread used in wedding celebrations), babka (Easter bread containing dried fruit). Then dishes for the main course here belong varenyky (boiled dumplings stuffed with fruit, potatoes, cheese and cabbage), holubtsi (cabbage rolls stuffed with millet or minced meat with rice), blyntsi (crepes served with meat, cheese, fruit or caviar), pechenya (roast pork, lamb, beef or veal), studynets (jellied meat or fish), kotljetys (fish or meat fritters), deruny (potato fritters served with sour cream or cottage cheese), shashlyk (type of shish kebab usually with marinated lamb and vegetables). For dessert we have tort (cakes often made with ground walnuts or almonds instead of flour), kutia (a Christmas dessert with honey, nuts, poppy seeds...
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