No, this is not the same photo as in the previous post. If you look closely, you will see that they are different.
We stayed hungry all day long on December 31 to prepare ourselves for a magnificent feast at my parents’ place. See photos of how Ukrainians celebrate the biggest holiday of the year under the fold.
The first course always consists of a multitude of very inventive and beautifully decorated salads:
All of the salads are completely different, of course.
This one, called “The Mistress” (don’t ask) was everybody’s favorite. I will ask my mother for the recipe and share it with you:
Here is the patriotic part of the repast:
And here is a beautiful salad called “The Sunflower.” A sunflower is Ukraine’s most symbolic flower:
I got too busy eating, so the next two courses didn’t get photographed. All of this food was cooked and decorated single-handedly by my mother who refused any help. Is that a heroic feat, or what?
While the food was getting ready, I took photos of my mother’s collection of religious imagery:
This is just a small part of the collection. There is a lot more.
And here is a collection of pictures where every shape is created from tiny piece of amber:
OK, this has made me hungry, so I will go eat. Happy New Year, everybody!!!