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Creating good karma with food – Part 2

With the devastating scenes being broadcast around the world, of the conflict in Ukraine, it’s nice to see how many people on social media are using their platform as a force for good.

Cooking may seem like a small way to contribute to a huge issue, but as Maya Angelou says; “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

Want to get involved, but not sure what to cook? We will publish a series of tasty traditional Ukrainian dishes to try.

Borscht  – Beetroot Soup

Ukraine’s national dish, borscht is a beetroot soup which can be eaten hot or cold (a perfect Starter) and is usually served with sour cream and pampushki (garlic rolls). Traditionally, borscht is made with beef stock, but it’s easy to swap it out for a vegetarian version.

  • Preparation Time: 10 mins
  • Cooking Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Serves 4


  • 2 medium onions – finely diced
  • 1 large potato – finely cubed
  • 2 medium cooked beetroot – chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic – finely chopped
  • 1 small chilli – finely diced
  • 1 celery stalk – finely diced
  • 1 large carrot – peeled and finely diced
  • Olive oil
  • 100g butter
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • Crème fraiche to serve


  1. In a large pot or casserole over medium high heat add the butter to the pan along with a drizzle of olive oil. Once melted, add the onion, garlic, celery and chilli, cooking for a few minutes until the onions have softened and the garlic has become fragrant. Add the potato and carrot to the pan, stirring everything together so that it is all coated in butter.
  2. Make a cartouche (paper lid) out of a bit of baking parchment and then pop the lid on. Turn the heat down to medium and leave the vegetables to soften for around 6-8 minutes. Take the lid and cartouche off and add the cooked beetroot along with the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil and then leave to simmer for around 15 minutes until everything is soft and fragrant.
  3. Pulse the soup in a food processor or using a stick blender until very smooth and pink. Check the seasoning and serve in deep bowls with a dollop of crème fraiche and some crusty bread.

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Recipe provided by B-well Foods www.bwellfoods.co.za

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