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Mongolia in Odessa cuisine: Plov with Black Sea mussels


Food Diplomacy: Mongolian tradition in Odessa’s cuisine


Plov is an Odessite version of the popular rice pilaf with seafood. Mussels are for the port city of Odessa a landmark product. Plov is a complex compound dish, consisting of a rice portion (the main component of the dish), onion-carrot-garlic mix (fried with butter and pepper) and seafood, especially large mussels.

According to a legend, mussels are one of the first seafood that people began to eat. There is evidence that the first recipes for preparing them appeared among the ancient Indians 12 thousand years ago.

Plov-pilaf is probaly a Central Asian dish. Its name has Persian roots (polov), or Hindi (pilaf), and there is even an older version in Sanskrit. All of them meaning “boiled rice”.

One thousand years ago approx., nomadic tribes from the Ukrainian Steppe settled where Odessa now lies. These tribes roamed the Steppe freely, never staying in one place long. In the 13th century, the Mongolian Golden Horde conquered the Kievan-Rus, a loose confederation of East Slavic and Scandinavian people, the base for following Ukrainian and Russian kingdoms. These conquerors are believed to have brought plov (rice cooked in seasoned broth). Though, the classic Mongolian plov is prepared with lamb or horse meat, over the years Odessa has put its own spin on the dish, soaking the rice with mussels to give it a rich, briny flavour.

Restaurants: Kotelok, Kumanets, Prichal #1.

Risoil buys a logistic company in the Port of Chernomorsk (Odessa region).


Risoil S.A. was granted permission by the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) for the acquisition of a stake in the share capital of Boconti Ukraine LLC, “ensuring an excess of 50% of the votes in the company’s highest management body,” the statement says.


Risoil Group, the main operator in Chernomorsk Port, plans to invest $ 20 million in the equipment of technological lines to expand transshipment and storage capacity for both import and export cargo. The Company also envisages increasing the number of staff to 250 people.

Shota Starina Khajishvili

Risoil S.A. was founded in 2000 in Geneva (Switzerland) by the Ukrainian entrepreneur Shota Starina Khajishvili. It is the holding company of a group of agricultural manufacturing companies, in Odessa Region, dealing with:

  • Logistics of vegetable oils, bulk and general cargoes in the ports of the Black Sea;
  • Production and sale of vegetable oils;
  • Storage of grains and oilseeds in containers;
  • Transshipment, storage and processing of agricultural products.

The Group’s terminal in the Port of Chernomorsk, Risoil South, provided for the transshipment of a million tons of vegetable oil over 6 years. In April 2020, RISOIL acquired the equity rights of TK Exim Oil, a company which leases a liquid cargo base in the port of Chernomorsk, connected to the oil storage tanks of the Risoil terminal.

Bokonti Ukraine LLC is a company dealing with transhipment and storage of bulk cargo and operates one of the most important ore complexes in the Port of Chernomorsk. The ownership of Boconti Ukraine belongs to the Bulgarian entrepreneur Borislav Rumenov Borisov. The company is specialised in storage services. Other activities include:

  • wholesale of grain, untreated tobacco, seeds and animal feed;
  • wholesale of dairy products, eggs and edible oils and fats;
  • non-specialized wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco products;
  • cargo handling and other accompanying services in transportation.

The Company’s strengths:

  • transhipment of bulk cargoes – up to 2 million tons per year;
  • cargo loading and shipment on gondola cars in the import mode (200 gondola cars per day);
  • simultaneous open storage – up to 200,000 tons of bulk cargo;
  • acceptance of Handymax type vessels with a draft of up to 11.2 m, a length of up to 220 m and a carrying capacity of up to 50,000 tons;

The intensity of fleet processing is up to 20,000 tons per day. According to the State Property Fund, in 2019 the company paid 14.6 million hryvnias for rent in the Port of Chernomorsk.

Odessa artist: Born to Shimmer


About “Shimmering” – the favourite series of Anatoliy Gankevich.


Anatoliy Gankevich was born in Odessa. Anatoliy Gankevich is one of the leading representatives of contemporary art in Ukraine. The beginning of his artistic activity starts in 1990. He works in a unique technique – mosaics imitation. Showing what doesn’t really exist, replacing the agonizing reality, the artist manipulates the viewer as a magician. And this manipulation is intended to cause an emotion of happiness.

Mosaic language is attractive because it has many symbolic depths. The relationship between general and particular. As a consciousness: everyone has their own, but we have one in common. Also in the mosaic: each piece lives separately, but combining all the pieces is a big picture. This meaning is read, but unconsciously.

Group exhibition “Salon of the Outcast” / Odessa Navy Museum / 2017

Probably one of my favorite episodes is “Shimmering”. She is the cleanest. Again, here is the mosaic principle of the general and the particular. It is repeated in the plot. The sun is split into thousands of parts and is scattered in mosaic waves. I was in a very romantic mood then. I traveled a couple of years, collected material for the exhibition, discovered many seas and oceans.

Anatoliy Gankevich
“Odessa” / oil on canvas / 195 x 295 cm / 2011

Anatoliy began to experiment on the base of zinc white. He was very afraid that a thick layer of paint would crack, and after trial and some mistakes it suddenly turned out. Dividing the large format into small parts, it has already become cracked – craquelure. And as a result, each piece individually acquired the desired elasticity and was comfortably deformed.

“Sri Lanka” / oil on canvas / 110 x 200 cm / 2011

The technology developed by itself, or maybe I unconsciously looked for a new method, language, because I wasn’t a very good student in painting.

Anatoliy Gankevich
“Argentina” / oil on canvas / 150 x 200 cm / 2011

Anatoliy is studying all the time. When he touch on a particular topic, he dive deep into the material and pull out everything he need. So it turns out that all the work is about himrself.

“Color 10” (“Cherry Orchard”) / oil on canvas / 180 x 300 cm / 2013
“Color 9” (“Evening Cherry”) / oil on canvas / 140 x 180 cm / 2013

For example, Anatoliy Gankevich was once interested in food, the cult of food. And he thought to make the “The-Lesser-Dutchmen Paintings” big and monumental? 2 x 3 meters size in mosaic. As if the food was cut, cooked already at the creation of some supreme cook for a global feast. The first paintings was a copy, and food was removed from the subsequent copies and after that two objects remained, wine and bread – symbols of the sacrament and transfiguration.

″ Still life 1″ / oil on canvas / 200 x 300 cm / 1992

In my approach, first I try to “see.”

That means feeling the state, atmosphere, smell, feeling the image, and then looking for plastic and color solutions and crushing everything into pieces. Pixelization is a compression, reduction, optimization, simplification of information for the speed of perception. And his mosaic technology is much faster than classic monumental. It is simplified, but the effect remains the same.

Anatoliy Gankevich

“Shimmering” is about light and reflection – the basis of perception, the foundation of our psyche. Each glint, particle, is a separate, small, rough, distorted reflection of a perfectly rounded sun that appears on the surface of the sea and disappears after some time.

“Brazil” / oil on canvas / 200 x 150 cm / 2011
“Iranian carpet” / oil on canvas / 196 x 295/2014

Artists, creating works, in my opinion, are solving only their personal tasks. But these tasks are universal and can resonate with the viewer, affect his personal problems and cause interest.

Anatoliy Gankevich

Bored & Horny


An interdisciplinary project by Dima Erlikh


On Friday, June 5, at 18:00, an exhibition of Odessa artist Dima Erlikh “Bored & Horny” will open at the Odessa Museum of Modern Art.

The project is conceived as interdisciplinary and includes a visual part, sound design, floristic compositions and a series of performances by Odessa musicians and DJs. The opening party will feature: Lu Joyce, Potreba and Vybukhivka.

“Bored & Horny” is the second personal project of Dima Ehrlich, whose creative method is to highlight acute social manifestations, aesthetizing and mixing them in his works. Among his interests are painting of mannerism, the work of David Hockney, underground music, plants and masks. The project asks a rhetorical question:

“Are you excit when you are bored?”

Everyone can answer it in their own way, and this is the essence.

“In my work I often use masks and OSB boards. This is a kind of interpretation of the analysis of personality which is the shortest path to yourself. I combine the lighthearted softness of Hockney’s creativity with respect to the hard and emotionally tense subjects of religious painting of mannerism with the technique of deconstructing the surrounding space: fragments of a board, plants, light, sound, geometry ”

Dima Ehrlich
Work of Dima Erlikh from “New Dreams” series for the Forbes Ukraine Art project ” The New Ukrainian Dream”

“The lack of faces behind a multi-colored mask is an attempt to get away from an obsessive personality, thereby providing the viewer with the opportunity to represent anyone in the plot of paintings and installations. It was important for me to show Dima’s artistic practice in the project, which has recently been closely associated with underground music. I think it will be an interesting experience for the artistic environment of Odessa ”

Andrey Siguntsov, curator of Odessa Museum of Modern Art
Andrey Siguntsov

The opening and musical event will take place in the courtyard of the museum, the entrance to the exhibition will be carried out in groups of 15 people to avoid a large crowd of people.

The exhibition runs from June 5 to July 5. Entrance to the opening is free, in the following days the cost of the admission ticket is 40 UAH.


Kuris Manor future pearl of Odessa region


Restorers are trying to bring a second life into the “pearl of architecture” and turn it into one of the main attractions of the Odessa region!


A little-known castle is located in the Odessa region – it is called Kurisov Manor, although the owners themselves named it Pokrovsky.

Kurisov Manor was built by the soldier Ivan Kuris, under the command of Suvorov, who became famous during the 2nd Turkish War. Ivan built the estate, which he named in honour of the first Orthodox Church on the Turkish side – “Pokrovskoye”. Construction lasted about 10 years, and in 1820 the world saw a surprisingly beautiful masterpiece of architecture, which was lucky to belong to one family all the years.

Kurisov Manor, beginning of the XX century. Photo: www.sergekot.com

Elements of Gothic, Moorish architecture, Turkish minarets. They say that the architect was inspired by the Vorontsov Palace in Alupka, Crimea.

Grandson of Ivan Kuris

The architect of the Manor was an outstanding Nikolai Konstantinovich Tolvinsky – the author of many Odessa masterpieces of architecture, including the buildings of the Odessa National Medical University and the new mud bath of the sanatorium “Kuyalnik”.

After the October Revolution, the Kurisov manor was looted, the remains of the landowners were thrown out of the family crypt in the field. In Soviet times, the estate was occupied by an agricultural school.

In the summer of 1990, during a thunderstorm, a lightning hit the Palace. Naturally, a fire started. Since then, the palace has been a skeleton without a roof. After the fire, the remains of the palace were considered unsuitable for restoration.

For almost 25 years, the magnificent Kuris Manor has been gradually collapsing. Some residents of Petrovka tried to pull away stones as a building materials. And the ruins have become a popular attraction – tourists from all over Ukraine come here.

In June 2013, a monument of architecture at an auction was purchased by a deputy of the regional council and businessman Valery Kondratyuk with the goal of restoring it in its original form. The price was over one million hryvnias. However, according to experts, the restoration of the Manor will cost at least three million euros.

I am sure that when the restoration is complited- Kurisov Manor and Petrovka village in general will become a real tourist pearl of the Odessa region

Valeriy Kondratyk

And even in the current dilapidated state, the Kuris Manor attracts tourists and, most notably, filmmakers!