Kiev is my favourite city in the world. And Solyanka is probably my favourite Ukrainian soup. It is a hearty sweet and sour soup.
Cubed beef – 500 grams
3 chopped smoked sausages (we used German frankfurters as oddly the Cowes Co-op does not sell Ukrainian smoked sausage. Who knew?)
1 large onion, diced
2 sticks celery – diced
1 large carrot- diced
1/4 small green cabbage- finely sliced
3 medium sized- pickled cucumber diced
1 tablespoon capers in brine
2 tablespoon chopped olives (I used black as that is what we had)
150 ml dry white wine
1 litre beef stock
500 grams tomato passata
1 dollop sour cream per person
Sautee onions, celery, beef in olive oil until beef is browned. Add carrots. Stir for a few minutes. Add all the other ingredients. Cook on low for an hour or so, or until beef is tender. Top with sour cream and dill or parsley.
Perfect with dark heavy rye bread. In Ukraine they would spread the bread with salo which is rendered pork fat. However my quest for authenticity has limits.