Exactly one month ago, Agency for the City’s Sustainable Development CSO presented an electronic version of the culinary catalogue of traditional dishes of our land: Taste Rivne’s: Authentic Dishes and Beverages, which was developed as part of the international project “Cultural heritage of cuisine: promoting culinary traditions by professionalizing the gastronomic offer of Lublin and Rivne” with financial support from the European Union under Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2014-2020 transborder cooperation program.
Our traditions, whether culinary, artisan, religious or customary, are all our history, the heritage of our ancestors and generations. It is extremely rich and inexhaustible. To make sure that this nonmaterial heritage does not disappear over time, it is very important to find it, preserve, relay, reproduce, and tell the world more about it. For that purpose, this culinary catalogue of authentic recipes of our land was created in Rivne and the Rivne Oblast.
The catalogue describes the most important dishes, desserts and beverages, interesting facts and recipes from various parts of the Rivne Oblast in three languages: Ukrainian, English and Polish. Old recipes with elements of contemporary serving of dishes were reconstructed in cooperation with Rivne’s restaurants. Thanks to this catalogue, you can now cook yourself a green borscht with carp and mushrooms, a kulish (millet porridge) with crawfish, a polba (spelt) – prince’s porridge, or potravka (a meat dish), wash it all down with an oatmeal kissel, and surprise your guests with the Ostrogski princely family’s horilka (vodka). This catalogue, offering interesting old recipes of the local cuisine to any taste, was created for restaurateurs who want to add authentic local dishes to their menus, and for those who prefer gastronomic experiments in kitchen at home.
The Agency for the City’s Sustainable Development CSO team found old regional recipes, went on gastronomic trips in search of the history of origins and development of authentic regional dishes, and studied the Rivne region for taste. In various parts of the Rivne Oblast, they were able to find unique recipes shrouded in legends and passed from one generation to another. They saw a real “winter” matsyk (a cured meat dish) under thatched roof in Svarytsevychi village of the Dubrovytsia Raion, took dried carps out of oven in the Rokytne Raion, kneaded dough for mlyntsi (pancakes) in the Zarichne Raion, ate kulish which was braised for half a day in oven in the Hoshcha Raion, and listened to folk songs.
All dishes from the past are extremely simple in terms of ingredients they contain, and their main sources are forest, ponds and one’s own garden. Without expensive spices, the lack of food variety compelled women to invent their own recipes of improving the dish’s taste qualities by adding berries, mushrooms, herbs, honey, etc. to them. Life in the village was hard in all times, spent by constantly doing some work and answering the daily challenge of feeding one’s large family. Considering how fast culinary preferences and fashion trends change today and how easy it is to find a particular recipe on the Internet, it’s hard even to imagine how our grand-grandmas were learning to cook, where they were getting the knowledge and how they passed their culinary secrets to each other.
The project “Cultural heritage of cuisine: promoting culinary traditions by professionalizing the gastronomic offer of Lublin and Rivne” was created and is implemented with financial support from the European Union under Poland-Belarus-Ukraine 2014-2020 transborder cooperation program. The content of this project is the sole responsibility of Agency for the City’s Sustainable Development CSO, and it does not reflect the European Union’s stance.
The catalogue’s electronic version is available here: https://bit.ly/3cGJ3FY.
To receive a printed version, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.