History teacher in the US, Peace Corps volunteer in Lviv
It is said in Ukraine that there is only one recipe for borscht, but every Ukrainian woman makes it differently. It has been one of the great pleasures of my time here in Ukraine to try a wide variety of borscht made by many different women (the only borscht I’ve ever had that was made by a man was my own).
I asked one of these women what is the difference between Ukrainian and Russian borscht. She said, make the standard borscht recipe with beetroot, cabbage, meat, onions, carrots, etc. That is Ukrainian borscht. After you have eaten it all, fill the unwashed pot with water.
That is Russian borscht.