An American-born Ukranian named Lydia reached out to me in December. She wrote , “I love the concept of this podcast. Our memories are so tied up with food.
I found my entire family in a Ukranian village. When I turned around, there on the table were the same foods I had grown up eating.” I was immediately intrigued and wanted to hear more of this story.
As Lydia shared this beautiful story centered around Varenyky (otherwise known as pierogies), I learned why she is so very proud to call herself Piotr’s Granddaughter. I also came to understand how proud Piotr would be of his granddaughter Lydia.
- Why Lydia keeps a piece of coal on her kitchen windowsill
- Working in Ukraine after the wall fell
- Finding long-lost family
- Trading shots of homemade vodka with a dying woman
- Lessons for adoptive families