Ukrainian green borshch

Spring is coming. We are supposed to be planning our trip to Ukraine to see my family. If it was just me I would be on the plane right now. I have a toddler, so unfortunately I cannot risk taking him to Ukraine. I come from Kherson, the region closest to Crimea…

Only a few weeks ago we were rejoicing at the new beginning for Ukraine, hoping for the end of corruption. Now we are living in a Kafkaesque nightmare. Every morning begins with utter disbelief – will Russia attack? Putin had famously told George Bush that Ukraine was not an actual country. Cheers for that, comrade.

But we are a country – with its own identity but also multi-cultural and tolerant.

This sorrel soup is called green borshch. It screams spring. Tart sorrel, fresh spring onions, creamy hard-boiled eggs, tons of dill. Serve this with a dollop of sour cream and a hunk of dark caraway-studded Borodinsky bread, and think of Ukraine.

Serves 4
1 duck, jointed
1 fresh bay leaf
1 onion, peeled
100g spring onions, finely chopped
100g parsley root (or stalks), finely chopped
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
500g sorrel, chopped
200g spinach, chopped

To serve
2 duck eggs, hard-boiled and chopped
½ bunch dill, chopped
70g sour cream

1 Place the duck pieces, bay leaf and the whole onion into 2 litres cold water in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for one hour. Skim the stock from time to time.

2 Blitz the spring onions and the parsley root into a paste in a small bowl of a food processor. Heat the oil, add the paste and fry for 2 minutes over a medium-low heat.

3 Add the potatoes and the green paste to the stock, season well with salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are almost done.

Add the sorrel and the spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes. Serve with the chopped egg, dill, a dollop of sour cream and a chunk of sourdough bread.

This beautiful photograph is by David Munns.

Photograph by David Munns. Sty;ng by Olia Hercules.

Photograph by David Munns. Sty;ng by Olia Hercules.


One Comment on “Ukrainian green borshch

  1. Pingback: Traditional Ukrainian red borsht | Olia Hercules

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