Savour the flavours of Ukraine

THE recent second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine was a sombre reminder of the trauma and horror that Urkainians have endured – and the continuing need to support the refugees who are living in this area.

If most of us didn’t know much about Ukraine’s distinctive culture and history before the Russian onslaught, we have all learned a lot now. Two workshops at Compton Macrae near Shaftesbury on 8th and 9th March will introduce participants to important aspects of traditional Ukrainian food.

On Saturday 9th, from 4pm to 7pm, cook and writer Olya Patiuta will focus on fermentation, vegetables and soup. And on Sunday 10th, from 10am to 1pm, the workshop will feature varenyky, formed and filled dumplings with savoury and sweet fillings.

Organised by the very active Shaftesbury Refugee Group, Flavours of Ukraine is intended for Ukrainian guests and the wider community of North Dorset and South Wilts.

These hands on and active sessions, led by Olya of Zhiva Authentica, will bring new flavours and techniques to some and a taste of home to others. Join Olya at Compton Macrae, the deli and cafe at Semley, for one or both workshops. The maximum number is 30, to keep it interactive and fun.

Olya’s Instagram feed, Zhiva Authentica, is full of mouthwatering photographs of her food, preserves, ferments and sourdough, details of the markets she attends and her masterclasses.

For more information, visit and to book for one or both of the workshops (places are limited), visit

Pictured is a typically colourful selection of Ukrainian preserved fruit and vegetables.