Each pot is unique from the one sitting next to it. There is a basic recipe that includes water, meat, cabbage, onion, carrot, potatoes and seasonings. But every woman gives it her own flair. I remember in training how my host mother, Mama Natasha, had a borscht recipe that used rabbit meat instead of the traditional chicken.
The rabbit meat added what I thought to be the perfect flavoring to the pot of borscht, but I’m sure some of my cluster mates would have disagreed with me. They would have told me that their host mom made the best borscht. Even my host father had his own recipe for borscht; I don’t think it was as good as the rabbit one, but it was still pretty darn good. But that’s just the way borscht recipes are, pretty darn good even if they all happen to be different.
When I was considering applying for the Peace Corps, I talked to a recruiter to try and get some answers to all the burning questions I had. I remember telling people how he wasn’t very helpful because he didn’t tell me what I should expect in Peace Corps.