Ukrainian food at Easter is just a polar opposite of the Sviatia vecheria – Christmas Eve menu. Christmas Eve is about meatless and largely dairy-free dishes. Easter is the opposite: a lot of pork plus dairy.
They’re Christian holidays but have roots in pagan traditions. Easter is a celebration of spring and family.
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For one of my favourite foods, I grew up thinking that “nachynka” (also nachinka or начинка) was the word for cornmeal. It actually means stuffing. Also known as Bukovynska nachynka. But, this is a basic but delicious cornmeal side dish at heart.
Nachynka starts out as a basic polenta recipe to which you add eggs and onions and bake it in the oven. I made this an embarrassing number of times trying to get this one right for the Instant Pot – and it’s worth it. Instead of stirring the cornmeal on the stove for 45 minutes, the Instant Pot makes that a quick 9 minutes!
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