Eating in season...in Ukraine

“Summer provides the food for winter,” - will say many Ukrainians while pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, squashes, beetroots, salting cabbage and mushrooms; preserving salads made of summer vegetables or even making a wide variety of fruit jams and juices or bottling compotes.

Dancing fireflies...

Yesterday's rain brought back to me images of dancing fireflies and I felt a strong longing for going home...

When I was a kid, my mother's family liked to get together whenever possible and prepare "un p'tit gueuleton." Depending on the time of the year, those festive meals would entail lots of local vegetables and a great diversity of seafood - or "fruits de la mer" as we called them.  Fall gatherings, however, often included land snails and I was usually tasked with collecting them in advance.

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