Saudi Aramco World: May/June 2014 - page 33

Written by
KATARZYNA
JARECKA-STĘP I EŃ
Photographed by
AGA LUCZAKOWSKA
TatarTrail
May/June 2014
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Vigorous and cheerful, D
Ī
enneta Bog-
danowicz gestures for visitors to come
inside the small restaurant she runs
out of her home in Kruszyniany, a vil-
lage so remote it feels like it sits at the
edge of the world. Bogdanowicz turns
‘round and ‘round the room. She can
be seen and heard everywhere. She
joins the guests at their tables, talks
to them and smiles widely. Without
hesitation, she gives away the recipes
of her dishes, such as
pierekaczewnik
(meat dumplings) and
syte
(water with
honey and lemon juice). She is just as
open telling the story of her family,
which comes from the land of today’s
Belarus, and she shares details about
its customs, traditions and religion, all
of which have been pushed to the brink
of extinction many times.
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