Recipes 2018 – Recipes (Uzbek Plov)

Thursday, 27th September 2018 – Recipes (Uzbek Plov) Following on from recent posts about food in Kiev and Ukraine, here’s a pair of recipes for plov. Both will probably easily serves 10 people, or possibly more, depending on hunger levels. Uzbek Plov – Recipe 1 Ingredients 1 kg moderately fat lamb 1 kg medium grain…

Travel 2018 – Kiev, Ukraine, Day 4

Thursday, 20th September 2018 – Kiev, Day 4 We were due to leave on an early afternoon flight, and a car had been booked to pick us up at 11:30 so we figured we’d have time to go and see at least a tiny part of one of Kiev’s greatest monuments, the Lavra (which was…

Travel 2018 – Kiev, Ukraine, Days 2 and 3

Tuesday, 18th September/Wednesday, 19th September 2018 – Kiev, Days 2 and 3 Day 2 was manic and intense work-wise, and the only sightseeing that was done was from the seat of a mini bus taking us back and forth from the hotel to the office, mostly while stuck in traffic that wasn’t much going anywhere….

Travel 2018 – Kiev, Ukraine, Day 1

Monday, 17th September 2018 – Kiev, Day 1 Finding myself in Kiev for a 2-workshop and meeting session with the rest of the 12-strong team I am part of, the London contingent (two of us) were on the ground and in our hotel about 3 hours ahead of everyone else, so with the dispensation of…

Travel 2018 – Chernihiv, Ukraine

Thursday, 30th August 2018 – Chernihiv, Ukraine I have to say I would have been massively disappointed to go all the way to the north of the Ukraine and then not see anything other than the road from the airport, and the resort hotel. On the way to our destination on the Tuesday, as we…

Travel 2018 – Hotel Shiskinn, Snovjanka, Ukraine

Tuesday, 28th August/Friday, 31st August 2018 – Hotel Shiskinn, Snovjanka, Ukraine Having spent four days at the hotel, I’m more than a little amused by some of its claims to “Western” service levels and such like, so I’ll try and be fair because if you do find yourself in this part of the Ukraine, I…

Travel 2018 – Kiev to Chernihiv, Ukraine

Tuesday, 28th August/Friday, 31st August 2018 – Kiev, Chernihiv, Ukraine For work I found myself this week in a country I’ve never been to before (though there is family history, and not happy family history with the country). I wasn’t going to let that trouble me mind, or at least I didn’t want to let…

Travel 2018/2019 – Where Next?

2018/2019 – Baden-Baden, Berlin, Colmar, Freiburg, Helsinki, Kiev, Porto, Strasbourg, Vienna, York Now we’re back from France thoughts inevitably turn to where we might go next, because with just 25 week days to play with in a year, planning is essential. Actually, the next trip is a small UK one, as we’re off to York…