I usually post this recipe around Chanukkah because having Ukrainian borscht on the table around Chanukkah has been our family tradition. I am breaking my own tradition, repeating it today, first of all, in honor of the International Women’s Day, and secondly, in memory of an extraordinary Ukranian girl, sometimes called a sixteen’s century celebrity.
“One of the most fascinating figures in Ottoman history is the Ukrainian girl who rose from harem slave status to become queen of the empire and wife of the most celebrated sultan of all, Suleiman the Magnificent.” (Brigader-Tezel, 2017). her origins are somewhat murky; one legend claims that she was born in Mariupol, while another one names her birthplace as Rohatyn. Mariupol has recently fallen to the Russian troops, after the siege, similar to the one young Alexandra Lisowsky, later known as Roxalana or Hurrem Sultan, had survived (albeit lost all her family), only to…
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