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Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels
With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard – and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.
When Walls Can Talk
People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.
|As winter descends on Kyiv and its inhabitants seek warmth in scarves, hats and gloves, What’s On has a better idea for warding off the cold. We head to b-Hush at the Intercontinental Hotel to learn the best winter-warmer cocktail recipes. Here, we present four of them for you to make at home. These beverages are bound to make you feel toastier, and possibly even a little toasted.
Meet Zhenya Kirichok, barman extraordinaire! Thanks to him, I am sitting on the 11th floor of this beautiful building, getting pointers on how to make some of the best concoctions of the season. Faithfully testing all of his potations, I would be lying if those tips didn’t turn me a little tip-sy…
It is a drink so synonymous with the chillier months it needs little introduction. To treat company with this ever-popular winter cocktail, you will need:
• 1 bottle good dry red wine
• 1 orange
• 1 apple
• 1 lemon/lime
• 1 tsp allspice
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1 tsp honey per glass
• 1 stick cinnamon per glass
Pour wine into a saucepan. Chop all fruit into small pieces. Your choice of citrus should also contain the peel (so make sure it is well washed) as barman Zhenya says it comes with its own natural perfume that adds aroma to the drink.
Add all fruit and spice to the wine in the pan. Turn on low heat for 20 – 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. By heating slowly, the fruits and spices will infuse the wine with flavour. Here, Zhenya admits the process takes time, but the result is well worth it. Be very careful not to let the wine come to a boil – it will lose its alcohol content and taste bitter. The optimum temperature of this hot cocktail should be about 70 degrees Celsius, which is a comfortable temperature for drinking.
Once the wine is hot enough and saturated with spices, Zhenya suggests serving it in tall glasses, after pouring honey down the insides of the glass. Decorate the cocktail with a strip of orange peel, a stick of cinnamon and a pinch of ground cinnamon.
The next cocktail on our list fights off the cold with a bit of Gaelic feistiness. According to Zhenya, Irish Punch is one of their bestsellers in colder months, as, not only is it effective, it is very tasty and pleasant to drink! The ingredients are very simple, so you can easily make it at home – for one serving of the drink take:
• 50ml Irish whiskey
• 30ml Irish cream liquor (if you don’t have Irish cream, any cream liquor will do)
• 150ml milk
• 1tsp honey
• ¼tsp ground cinnamon
Logically, for an Irish Punch, the key ingredient is Irish whiskey, which Zhenya says has a milder taste than scotch. Combine all ingredients in a pot, along with the ground cinnamon and honey, and heat to 70-75 degrees Celsius. Before the milk starts to boil, remove from heat and pour in your favourite mug with a little sprinkled cinnamon to the top. It’s simply fantastic!
Another popular cold season drink is Grog. Zhenya explains the drink the drink once had a practical, even medicinal purpose. Rum was diluted with hot water and given to sailors who imbibed in the drink as a prescription to prevent scurvy disease. With time, the drink evolved and took its place on the menus of many bars and restaurants. For a Grog party, you’ll need:
• brewed black tea – 200ml per portion
• 50ml rum
• 1 stick cinnamon
• ½tsp allspice
• honey to taste
• 1 lemon, sliced
Pour rum into your mug of choice, add lemon slices, cinnamon stick, allspice and honey according to your own taste. Pour in the hot black tea and let sit for a few minutes to all flavours to fully combine. Sip slowly, enjoy every last drop!
The What’s On Winter Warmer
We couldn’t conclude our fact-finding mission without being a little self-indulgent. Hence, our last and probably most interesting cocktail is called the What’s On Winter Warmer! Yes, you are right – it’s an original cocktail prepared exclusively for yours truly. Now, you’ll have a little concoction to nip at while you read your latest issue! To indulge, take:
• 50ml raspberry puree (½c frozen raspberries, 2tsp sugar)
• 50ml rum
• 150ml cranberry juice
• several slices of lemon, orange and ginger root
• berries (your choice)
First, prepare your raspberry puree by placing frozen raspberries and sugar in a blender – mix until you have you have a nice, thick consistency. Pour your puree into a saucepan, adding your lemon, orange and ginger. Mix to combine the flavours. Finally, add the rum and cranberry juice and turn you heat on low. Once you have reached the desired temperature, use a strainer to filter the mixture into tall glasses. Decorate with fresh or frozen berries.
We have to admit, the cocktail looks beautiful – and as for the taste? It’s deliciously sweet, delicately sour, pleasantly strong and fabulously hot! Try it yourself; we think you’re bound to love the What’s On Winter Warmer!
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|Rights We Didn’t Know We Had
Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.