Ingridients: bakery

Little poorly soviet pies.

Soviet pie. The soviet pie. There was a saying about soviet pies: «Если вы съели пирожок и не обнаружили в нем начинки – знайте, он был с мясом!» or ‘If you’ve eaten a pie and haven’t discovered any filling inside

Ingridients: bakery

Crisps a la Ukraine

Alik is a generous, insightful, purposeful man who likes politics, Ukraine, and a goblet of good whisky.   Alik happens to be an ex-husband of Lyuba, an amazing woman who hosted me in Lviv (West of Ukraine), fed me and

Ingridients: bakery

Ukrainian heros – part 1.

Apart from eating pork fat shaped as genitals and drinking copious amounts of warm vodka in Ukraine, I have been talking to people. About salo, about the future of Ukraine and its land, about the little things that seldom matter.

Ingridients: bakery

The doughy cleveage of Mother Russia – Borodinsky bread.

“Don’t say you’re full if you haven’t touched the bread.” Russian proverb. Russian black bread, rye bread – it’s the stuff of dream, of national pride, of difference, of melancholic countryside with weeping birches and romantic images of maidens with

Ingridients: bakery

Buckwheat honey

Sourcing worthy ingredients is what I do for living – finding local, organic, wholesome foodstuffs for school Caterers of this nation is both a joy and a torture. Russian or Eastern-European ingredients, however, don’t tend to feature on the list,

Ingridients: bakery

The Big Bad Wolf wants your pie.

I found myself wondering the other day what the English Little Red Riding Hood (or LRRH) was carrying in her basket on the way to see her Grandmother and the fateful Big Bad Wolf… You see, the Russian LTTH is

Ingridients: bakery

Larks 2

Just wanted to update you – gleefully – that my attempt number two of making the wonderful and absurd lark-shaped buns in preparation for my Russian brunch has gone a bit better..Although J said these look more like seals! Damn

Ingridients: bakery

What a bun lark!

Over the next few weeks I will treat you, my dears, to glimpses of dishes I am thinking of cooking up at my Brunchclub to celebrate Women’s International Day (see here what it’s all about). I have been thinking a

Ingridients: bakery

Maltby street market, Bermondsey.

On Thursday 23rd December, I got up at 6.30 in the morning, and was already ‘on location’ at 9 o’clock – under the bridge arches near Tower Hill, London. The streets were freezing, empty – and only a tantalizing sign