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Rising Stars of 2015: Ukrainian Chef Olia Hercules

Olia Hercules

When Olia Hercules went to work on her first cookbook, a joyful celebration of eastern European cooking called Mamushka, she didn’t have to travel far researching it. “I went home and spent a month running after my mum and my aunt with measuring spoons and a scales,” she says, laughing. “I was like, all the recipes you’ve been cooking your entire life, hand them over.” Continue reading

A Foodie’s Guide to Salo

A foodie’s guide to salo: the Ukrainian delicacy made of cured pork fat

Lard may be staging a gastronomic comeback around the world but it never went out of fashion in Ukraine, where it is best served cold
salo

The love of lard, otherwise known as the secret to a Ukrainian’s heart. Photograph: Katrina Kollegaeva/Russian Revels

 

At first glance it could be a hard sheep’s cheese or a smoky mozzarella. But the slabs are actually cold, white pork fat – Ukraine’s national dish, known as salo. It is best served covered with garlic, onion and pickles (or something picante), and almost always washed down with a shot of vodka. Continue reading