There is something to be said about a classic, traditional wedding korovai. Its beauty lies in its simplicity - it is edited to include only a few highly symbolic elements such as braids, doves and periwinkle. A braid around the korovai symbolizes eternity, everlasting life, heavenly bodies such as the Sun and the Moon, as... Continue Reading →
The excitement to share this with you has been slowly building up the last few weeks. Remember when I gingerly agreed to make a 3-tier korovai with baked-on decorations for the very first time? Well, I made it. And 3,410 kilometres later, it arrived to its destination (almost) intact. This post was originally named "Sleepless... Continue Reading →
Thank you so much to all who attended my korovai workshop at the Capital Ukrainian Festival in Ottawa! Despite the chaos of being a first-time workshop presenter, coupled with swarming festival crowds and a scorching July day for which a heat warning was issued, it turned out to be a successful event. I was happy... Continue Reading →
A few weeks ago, I made this two-tier korovai encircled with braids, doves and periwinkle flowers for a wedding in Burlington, Ontario. During my email exchange with the mother of the bride, she asked about korovai rituals that are typically performed at Ukrainian-Canadian weddings. Sometimes I get so caught-up in the making of the korovai,... Continue Reading →
This small korovai with purple flowers meant a lot more to Robyn than just one of several Ukrainian rituals performed at a wedding. Her comments tugged at my heartstrings in more than one way, and sparked a conversation about our mutual love for our Ukrainian heritage, as well as a deeper personal reflection. Robyn wrote,... Continue Reading →
I am excited to announce that I will be conducting a korovai workshop on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Capital Ukrainian Festival in Ottawa (you can buy tickets here). It will be both informative and interactive: after a bit of an introduction to the origins and symbolism of the wedding korovai,... Continue Reading →
I came across this great article in Saveur, showcasing the korovai. How nice to read about one of our beloved wedding traditions in a well-respected culinary publication! On a side note, I promise to come back to the blog very shortly! Stay tuned.
When I hung up the phone with Kathy, all I could think of was, "What did I get myself into?" I had just accepted to make a three-tier korovai with baked-on decorations - something I had never tried before. Here's the inspiration picture... no biggie: The inspiration photo for the korovai I agreed to make... Continue Reading →