Traditional Ukrainian Borscht Soup - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

in #photography4 years ago

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Today we’re talking about borscht, have you heard of it? First of all, borscht is a really fun word to say, especially if you try using a fake Russian accent. My attempt at doing that is pretty poor but I do it anyway. The trick is in rolling your “r” and as my sister keeps telling me, the “t” at the end is actually silent. However I think that’s dependent upon which dialect is being used.

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Haha, I have to reference a children’s moving and prove my inner kid here. If you’ve seen the Dreamworks animated movie Madagascar 3 then you might remember the Russian tiger mentioning his love for this soup. I also have a special love for this recipe because it was one of the very first ones that I shared here on my blog. Due to it being a popular post I felt it was long passed time to update it.

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So in case you’ve never heard of this soup, it’s a traditional soup that is very common in many European countries. Honestly, I only know this because in 2006 my family became part of a hosting program. We had the pleasure of hosting two beautiful little girls from Ukraine during their visit to the states. We knew right away that God had planned for them to be part of our family all along. In 2007 they became my sisters and have been ever since. You would never know that they were not born into our family if you met them. People tell us all the time that we look so much alike and I can’t imagine life without them.

This recipe is something that they both enjoy for it’s nostalgic memories. You could just call this “A Whole Lot of Red Soup” I can see why it is such a traditional dish in Europe. It is so cheap to make and so healthy.

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This recipe may not be as welcome in households with picky eaters. Mostly because of the color. I don’t know about you and your family but in my house there are a lot of visual picky eaters. Meaning that they will only try things that look good to them, regardless of what it tastes like. My youngest siblings will decide whether or not they like something prior to tasting it. It is so frustrating!

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I keep saying that I am going to get blindfolds to cover their eyes before they taste things because then they would eat way more things. This soup is really good and I think my entire family would like it but I won’t sugarcoat it and tell you they do. I did, however, get my little sister to try it when I told her about the sour cream that goes on top. You see, she has this thing for sour cream. I think she would eat a bowl of it by itself if we let her. She loved the fact that it turned the soup pink when you stirred it in.

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Anyway, this is has become a favorite for some in my house and I’d love to know what you think of it if you decide to give it a try.

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Traditional Ukrainian Red Borscht Soup

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Yield: 10


6 cups vegetable broth/stock
3 medium beets, washed well and cubed
3 large potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes
3 medium carrots, thinly sliced or shredded
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 head red cabbage, cored and shredded
1 (5 oz) can tomato paste
1-2 tablespoons sugar or to taste (optional)
salt and papper to taste
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
coconut cream or sour cream for topping (optional)


Wash and chop all of your veggies and place them in large pot. Pour in the vegetable stock and cover the pot. Place over medium high heat and bring to simmering boil. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes, or until the beets and potatoes are very tender.
Add the tomato paste, sugar, dill, salt, and pepper then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. Serve hot with desired toppings.


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It looks amazing and delicious @gringalicious

This soup is really good! And the "t" really is silent. ;)

No, it's not. The name of this soup contains two sibilants: Borshtsh. In Russian, tsh is a letter of its own.

Yes, I know how to write the word in Russian and you seem to know it too. And that's why you also know that there is no T in the word written in Russian. And that's why it is silent even though there is T when written in English.

Well, that's details. What we basically are talking about is the acoustic difference between 'ch' like in 'china' and sh like in 'shine'.
Yeah, Russian was my first foreign language (just like for any kid going to school in the former GDR in the 1980ies and the two or three decades before).

What's your first language then? :)

I'm bilingual myself. My mother tongue was first Russian but now Finnish is morr fluent as we moved here when I was a kid and I studied here almost all of my schools.

My mother tongue is German. Today my English is better than my Russian. I was not raised bilingual.

@lindiry I'm glad to hear it from someone else then, haha.😅

Delicious looking borscht. I should try making some. It's vegan after all, and I could even put vegan sour cream on top.

Borscht Soup are excellent on take part the capacity

I'm sorry, but borshtsh is a kind of beef stew - yours is not.
The color would be a little darker with meat too.

@isarmoewe Borscht is different in each country that it comes, but yes some include beef.

Hi dear Mam, I am fond of foods and i love your delicious recipes of ice creams and your beautiful efforts of making them beautiful is very lovely and your dishes are so delicious I am your big fan,
This time I am going to enjoy the delicious soup which is full of veggies and looks healthy and delicious.
sorry I didn't find you before, my friend suggest me your post and dear Mam I have a beautiful surprise for a beautiful lady as I am an artist so I am going to surprise you with my artwork and few minute back I made a beautiful post dedicated to you and I hope you will like and appreciate my art work.
Thank you.

That's look amazing at first sight i thought it's a raspberry but when i read the ingredients i surprised i think this recipe would be great 11for my kids, looks yummy and of course taste delicious, thanks for your yummy recipes and have a nice day😉😘🌹

@gringalicious In fact, we all like traditional food, no matter who the people of the country are, the traditional food is different, I think this traditional food of Ukraine food will be great, if I come to Ukraine anytime but of course eat Borscht Soup

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the traditional food is different,

Right. Real borshtsh is a beef stew.

You do not imagine how pleasing it was to see the Borscht in the news feed. And when I saw that you prepared it, I was pleasantly surprised. And so, I remember that your sisters from Ukraine. And the borsch in your photos looks rather dense, traditionally it is more liquid in us.

@yetaras 😀 Yes, it is a favorite with us. (full disclosure, the thick-look was only in the pictures to demo the textures in the soup ;) )

My name is Yana and I'm from Ukraine and I love borsch!
Our whole family loves this dish very much and we often cook it, it's very tasty! Earlier when I was a child the recipe of this dish was one or two.
To date, the recipes of the Ukrainian borsch are very much. But I always cook as my mother taught me!
Great post!

@gringalicious A lot of people here in the States are put off by beets in general. But I have made this soup before and it is absolutely delicious. Your photos are beautiful and would want to make any picky eater try it!

excellent publication friend!
Drinking beets or beet juice can help lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking a glass of beet juice reduced systolic blood pressure by an average of 5.4 points.
is excellent for your health! increases hemoglobin and raises the values 1 I recommend you as a doctor!
it is excellent to consume it in many ways! and the recipe seems wonderful! one more strategy for its consumption!

@jbautista74 Thanks for sharing those facts, how thoughtful!

I'm glad there is someone else who loves saying the word borscht too! I love borscht and was very surprised when my neighbor said she was making borscht but she didn't use beets. There is a German borscht that is made with cabbage and potatoes but no beets. Then at the Farmyard Market the women was selling sauerkraut borscht that had no beets in it either but it sure was delicious.

@porters How interesting. I'm sure it's good but to me borscht is all about the beets.😘

It is. @porters might rather have been given some Bigosh-like dish.

The beet borscht is still my favorite too.

When I was a kid, we used to put a ladle full of borscht (or just beets, depending on what we were eating) into the potatoes as they cooked.

Then, when we mashed the potatoes, they were pink potatoes.

My sister and I thought that pink potatoes were awesome!!!

@gikitiki Haha, that totally sounds like me and my sis. So sweet!😍

@gringalicious borscht is looking so tasty.. i will surely taste it.

interesting to check this recipe out today looks so amazing :)

Looks More like a dessert than soup.
But I wouldn't say "No" to healthy food.
I'll love to dig in.

love this soup cold! great color and so healthy! Thanks @gringalicious for another spectacular display of recipe and photography!
@ch00fy - foodie

love it! so miss home for it delicious food!
Where are you from?

@kuklamasha I'm from th USA, near Nashville TN, but my family adopted two girls from Ukraine.😀

wow! your parents are amazing and doing great things!

originally I am from Russia (that's why I am asking... ) but now live in Canada

@kuklamasha Very cool. I wish you a wonderful day up there.

I'm watching 'The Americans' and in season 4, tonight, I saw a plate of Borscht! It's SOOO PINK! Lol! But it actually seems yummee from the ingredients and your lovely pictures of course. I think I'll try make it!

@soyrosa How ironic. Haha, thanks for reading!

What a delicious recipe with beautiful photos! I love international dishes. Thanks for sharing

my mother loves beet, a vegetable that uses a lot in their meals, believe me we have eaten a hundred times the beet soup, although I must admit that I never knew that it was called borscht
Thank you very much dear friend @gringalicious for sharing the recipe
I wish you a great day

It looks very delicious, at school I used it to paint the lips hahaha

This soup is also a traditional dish in Poland. It's called: barszcz :))
It's delicious and healthy!

"Traditional Ukrainian Borscht Soup - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT" - @gringalicious i love u ;)

@gringalicious, Never heard of any Yukrainian soup before and I wasn't sure on how to pronounce it. Glad you include it in the introduction👌🏻

Look so superb just like your other foodgasm posts.
Looking forward to read more!

every time you have something new in food..
we can not image about the dish and you make it beautifully..

Beautiful post! I love the fact that you cared enough to learn about their culture too- this is amazing! It is pronounced without the 'T' indeed haha. However, it seems like in different parts of Europe we use different ingredients for this soup (I'm from Bulgaria) so why not different ways to prononce the name of it too haha! Lovely photos!

@diana-iv How interesting. I'd love to visit Bulgaria someday!

That dish looks amazing! You make everything look amazing! I have never had that kind of soup before...mmm

This sounds absolutely delicious, I have this on my list of things to try for sure! 😍

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