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January 31, 2023

What’s Cooking @ HEPL: Ep 13

By: Heidi Herald

Budmo by Anna Voloshyna

Welcome back to What’s Cooking @ HEPL! I am Heidi Herald, a Public Services Librarian at Hamilton East Public Library, and I review one of the library’s cookbooks quarterly. This month, I am reviewing Budmo! Recipes from a Ukrainian Kitchen by Anna Voloshyna.

I also was able to interview the author, Anna Voloshyna, so check that out below! In our interview, we discussed her new cookbook Budmo! as well as her upcoming Hamilton East Public Library Virtual Khachapuri Cook-Along program on Saturday, February 4. It’s free! Sign up on our Calendar of Events!

Roasted Peppers

The first recipe I tried was Roasted Peppers. First, you roast the peppers in a very hot 500-degree oven. They are then stuffed with cheese, herbs (I used dill and parsley), garlic, and Greek yogurt. They were delicious! These make a perfect snack or appetizer.

Vegetarian Russian Potato Salad
The next recipe I tried was the Vegetarian Russian Potato Salad. This recipe calls for potatoes, carrots, peas, mayonnaise, sour cream, eggs, dill pickles, and fresh dill, parsley, and chives. It is wonderful. I brought it to work to share with my coworkers, and everyone loved it!

I also made the Garlicky Georgian Chicken. I wasn’t sure about this recipe at first. The chicken is cooked in six cups of whole milk with a whole head of garlic, lemon strips, and bay leaves. However, it turned out tender and delicious! The chicken is paired with a condiment called lyok which primarily consists of dill, parsley, garlic, and oil.

Sweet Pumpkin Rice Kasha
Finally, in the video below I make Sweet Pumpkin Rice Kasha. This is a sweet dish, much like rice pudding. Because pumpkin is out of season right now, I used the suggested alternative: butternut squash. It was very tasty!



Check out my interview with Anna Voloshyna, where she shares her inspiration for her cookbook and the three flavor ingredients she can’t live without!

I hope you will borrow Budmo! by Anna Voloshyna from our library collections! It is available in print from the Hamilton East Public Library. Also, please consider attending the virtual cook-along with Anna Voloshyna on February 4. Sign up here! Happy Eating!


Explore our HEPL YouTube playlist What’s Cooking @ HEPL for access to the entire cooking series at your own pace.

Missed last month’s episode? You can find the recipe here.

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Credit goes to Danielle Acton, HEPL’s Adult Engagement Coordinator, for producing the videos and for her help and advice.