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The Russian loaf affair.

Where do you buy ‘our’ – nash – bread? is the question I often heard when still new to these shores. Myself being weakly dissatisfied with the ‘wonder bread’ of supermarkets. Yearning for the bread I could sink my teeth into. Black

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Georgia inspire beetloaves*.

Georgian cuisine in Soviet Union was always viewed as something like French cooking in Western Europe. Or perhaps more like Tuskan leaning Italian actually. Sophisticated, exquisite, generous. Both hugely desired and, well, envied. I find it quite curious that these

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Marrow caviar ‘as we remember it’.

This ‘caviar’ used to be amongst the only products always available in the good old days of Soviet Union. So more-ish nevertheless. When I was little I could never understand why the mixture is dark red/brown! Long stewing, addition of

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*That* Borsch-in-a-pie.

There is a little story about the birth of this pie – now, frankly, legendary (says Katrina!) on all Russian Revels events. When Karina’s mum used to make Borscht (or borsch?? ahh)  she first sautéed the beetroot with the vegetables

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Okroshka, as Russian food in summer should be.

Soups to Russians is like a good Sunday roast to Brits – part of our cultural dna. We wither away without a daily helping of a soup of some kind.  Mothers tell their offspring that without a soup they won’t

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Woosy faces, food gratis and gooseberry dressing.

Until the age of 10 I lived in what many dreamily how recall as the Soviet courtyard. I have most vivid recollections of lazit za kryzhovnikom – sort of climbing into and around gooseberry bushes, lazily picking them up, plonking them into my mouth, chatting to girlfriends.

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‘The-quickest-ever-yes-really-pickled-cucumbers’

Solenya is a Russian word for any salted (sol is salt of course) vegetables. the English ‘pickles’ doesn’t quite convey the same breadth of meaning. The sheer variety of uses and processes that Slavs endue their salted staff. In Slavic

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Run-away kolobok doughnuts!

Round, golden, doughy and moorishly addictive KOLOBKI rolled out to our table from a Russian Fairytale. The original recipe version of Kolobok was quite frugal. An old woman, Babka, in those days any woman over 50 was rated as old,

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If Marilyn Monroe was a cake – sweet n salty brownies.

There are foods in the world which are the equivalent to Marilyn Monroe – irresistible, full-bodied, they are inevitably, irrevocably liked and desired by all…Buckwheat brownies with sunflower seed and salt butter.

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As battle continues – Cutlets a la Kiev.

Is it worrisome or more comforting to write about food ‘a la Kiev’ today, when the streets of the Ukrainian capital are flooded with events and people seemingly so removed from the joys of a full belly? Food – and