A Culinary Tour Around the World: Russia Round-Up
Another stellar turn-out! Da! I’m so in awe of the food-blogging community. Thanks to all participants for sharing their family stories and opening their hearts and kitchens to our readers. This has been such an enlightening experience!
Natasha of 5 Star Foodie Culinary Adventures in Fairfax, VA celebrated Maslenitsa, a/k/a Butter or Pancake Week, an ancient custom that celebrates the advent of Spring. She used her family’s authentic recipe to make blini and 3 special toppings. And, tells us they drank vodka with honey and pepper to wash it down!
Lori of Taste with the Eyes from San Pedro, California, made borscht like Nana’s and dished up some memories of her Russian grandmother to go with it. As usual, Lori sets a beautiful table.
Ivy of Kopiaste in Athens, GR made Beef Stroganoff. She published step-by-step photos of the recipe as she adapted it — adding herbs, olive oil, yogurt and red wine which are more accessible to her in Greece. This is a tough dish to photograph because of the colors. But it tastes good. I know. It’s the same one I did.
Janne of The Bitesize in Brussels is new to our tour, but we’re glad she joined us. Born and raised in Norway, Janne brings an interesting insight into the origins of this delicious-looking salmon, chopped eggs, rice puff pastry roll called Kulebyaka. She says, “it doesn’t leave you feeling overly full…thirsty…or hungry.” “It makes you feel content.”
La Cucina di Cristina in Italy made this interesting “dressed herring” called Selyodka pod Shouboy which includes layers of boiled vegetables and herring. She also made borscht — and, as usual, provides the recipes in English, Italian and Romanian.
Holly Hadsell, our caterer to celebrities (she caters for the “Lost” set in Honolulu), sent us a Russian-inspired French dish called Coulibiac. The Russians eat this at Christmas time.
Those of you who have been following the trip have gotten to know and enjoy the posts from Brii in Lake Garda, Italy, as I have. She has been so enthusiastic and. this time, she not only shared her collection of Russian teapots but also made blynim, kasha od grechka and filé novgorod. She also gives advice on how to recognize a good vodka vs. bad vodka. You must visit her blog to see all her recipes.
And Cindy of Cindystar, also Lake Garda, Italy, never disappoints. This time we have Russian dolls, a music video of The Beatles “Back in the USSR” and a beautiful tea party with Prjaniki, an iced and spiced confection dating back to 1685.
Cake of Laws of the Kitchen in Australia was kind enough to make these Russian Tea Cookies which…not surprisingly…contain vodka. Now don’t they sound even more delicious than they look?
Next Stop: Get your saris out! It’s India on or about March 9. Round-up to be published March 11.
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