Courses: sweets

Cake bake-off winners – Napoleon No 10.

Irina is my compatriot. Originally from Kohtla-Yarve, a town in the Eastern part of Estonia that has a very high percentage of ethnic Russians, she came to the UK 14 years ago at the time when many of … ‘us’

Courses: sweets

Syrniki – a curdly cuddle

I wish to call it a cottage cheese renaissance.  There must be something in the air – grainy, slightly sour but comforting in that warm and cuddly way that a lived in bedroom can be – that has made few

Courses: sweets

Tvorog – the joys of making cottage cheese at home

Apologies, my dear readers, for a certain absence. I have a legitimate excuse, for I have prepared something very special for you as the entry into 2011… Home-made tvorog. Or, what these islanders tend to call farm, cottage or cream

Courses: sweets

Snow, the colour of baked pastry

I have been walking with a Cheshire cat smile for the last few days – it is snowing in London. It is snowing in London! And as if by magic I’m turned back into this little, worry-less creature, wearing stripy

Courses: sweets

Lard cookies

A combination of fat and sugar is a perfect insultator against current freezing temperatures in London. They say it’s the coldest beginning to winter ever, drastic measures are needed. Pork fat in fact. Iberico Pork fat by Fiesta Fine Foods.

Courses: sweets

The Russianisation of the Brownie

How could a Brownie be more Russian than any other Brownie, you will indignantly exclaim.  Indeed, the Brownie could easily claim the status of the ultimate global dessert: chocolate and sugar being the naughty children of the collonial trading links. The Brownie

Courses: sweets

Idleness spread on a perfect peanutbutter sandwich

How do you feel about Sunday nights?

Courses: sweets

Iftar – the breaking of the Fast

During my recent short trip to Morocco I remember bitterly regretting not having organised a meal in an ‘ordinary’ family home (not that it’s an easy task, but the world of couchsurfing stretching far). We were travelling during Ramadan; when the gruelling test of no eating or drinking (or sex..)

Courses: sweets

Napoleon cake – the most Russian French cake

If you have ever been invited to a celebration party in (or around) Russia, you would have most probably tasted the omnipresent Napoleon cake. Essentially a French Mille-Feuille – a ‘thousand layer’ cake, often known as a Custard slice elsewhere, it has been adapted, adopted and fully nationalised by Russians, as THE Russian cake.

Courses: sweets

This is how to win his heart – and the world’s bellies

He said I was a goddess.