Today while wandering Walmart, gathering items needed for tonight’s dinner, I stumbled upon this:
It’s silly that something so simple brings me so much excitement. I’ve never wanted to hug and kiss a bottle of sunflower oil before, but I seriously wanted to. In Ukraine, sunflower fields are endless. Consequently, sunflower oil is their main cooking oil, pretty much like vegetable/canola oil is here. Seeing this in the store today took me back all the times I would go grocery shopping there. Of course I’ve seen sunflower oil here before, but I never noticed the “Product of Ukraine” label. And I bought it, despite having no use for oil in dinner tonight. I’m sure I can think of a cake that might need it for dessert though.
Anyway, in honor of my nostalgic feelings, dinner tonight is one of our all time favorites. Denys will eat bowls and bowls until he has the worst stomach ache in the best way. It’s called Okroshka and we eat it all summer long. Most people call this type of a dish “cold soup”. There are many different ways to prepare it, but this way is how we love it.
- 1 large potato – boiled, peeled, and chopped into small cubes
- 4-5 hard boiled eggs – also chopped into small pieces
- 1 bunch of radishes – Chop some up, throw them in.
- 1 large cucumber – cut into small pieces
- 1-2 cups ham – small cubes
- Lots of fresh dill and green onions
parsley is optional
- 1 part Kefir to 1/2-1 part water
- salt to taste