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Ukrainian Christmas

The main Ukrainian Christmas celebrations are the night before, but this 40+ degree too-hot day in Canberra was Ukrainian Christmas.

The first picture shows the traditional extra table setting Ukrainians have for family members who have died.

Ukrainian Christmas Eve 6th January 2018 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney Canberra Australia Table Setting for Family Members who have Died Christmas Table Christmas Tree

Ukrainian Christmas Eve 6th January 2018 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney Canberra Australia Christmas Tree

Ukrainian Christmas Eve 6th January 2018 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney Canberra Australia Silver Christmas Tree Silver Blue Gold Decorations

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Ukrainian Christmas Eve

It’s going to be a hot Christmas this year! The main Christmas meal is tonight.

Ukrainian Christmas Eve Canberra Australia Ukrainian Embroidery Ukrainian Culture Sonya Heaney 6th January 2018

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Cooking for Ukrainian Christmas

Today we made (across both pictures, but please don’t count – I bet I’m wrong!) 90 potato varenyky (Ukrainian dumplings) for Ukrainian Christmas Eve tomorrow night. The traditional Christmas dinner is huge, with twelve foods served.

The varenyky took several hours to make. The second picture is of the gluten-free lot – my fault! They look different, but taste the same. The first picture is the normal stuff. They’re not obviously cooked in these photographs!

The borscht was made yesterday – it tastes better after sitting a day or two. There’s still a lot more to make!

Varenyky Ukrainian Food Christmas Ukraine Canberra Ausrealia Sonya Heaney 5th January 2018

Varenyky Ukrainian Food Christmas Ukraine Canberra Ausrealia Sonya Heaney Gluten-Free 5th January 2018

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Ukrainian Food for the Weekend

We spent a few hours today making dozens and dozens of varenyky (Ukrainian dumplings) for the weekend, along with borsch (which is actually a Ukrainian, not a Russian food, and has heaps of meat and vegetables in it, not the pink liquid people think it is).

Varenyky Ukrainian Dumplings Potato Dumplings Ukrainian Food Sonya Heaney Canberra Australia 9th December 2017

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Happy Easter!

We are having a very Ukrainian Easter here.

Ukrainian Easter Eggs Embroidery Pysanky in Canberra Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 2017

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Sunday Afternoon in Canberra

Thirty degrees, gorgeous, and sunny in Canberra to end the week. We had a practice-run with some of the Ukrainian Easter foods today – a good excuse for a glass of wine!

Evening Autumn Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Garden Nature 26th March 2017 2

Evening Autumn Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Garden Nature 26th March 2017 1

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Not everything’s so great in the UAE

I’ve been through the United Arab Emirates a few times in the past few weeks, and will be passing through there again a few more times before the end of the year (unfortunately – Emirates is a terrible airline, with food so bad only British Airways is worse, and service more appalling than anything except the rude lot at Swiss Ariways!).

I always get the sense people see it as a special, shiny playground just for them, forgetting that underneath it all it’s still an Islamic country. In recent times women have been put in prison for sex before marriage – because they reported a RAPE.

Now, a Ukrainian woman is behind bars because doctors discovered she was pregnant to her long-term partner. The issue? She’s not married. She is being held while they allegedly test her to see how long she has been sexually active.

That sounds a hell of a lot like they’re doing some appalling things to her – all in the name of protecting “morals”.

Please be aware of the laws in countries you’re visiting. Just because things look pretty on the surface, and just because YOU’VE never had an issue (the number of times I’ve heard men defending the United Arab Emirates to women…) doesn’t mean everything is perfect.

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