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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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Deer, blood, chocolate and Kagor in a stew.

Stews are never sexy food, they say. Warming and hearty is rarely what we hanker after when in search of more exquisite pleasures, be it food or well, else. But add in muscular and less than expected flavours, and you

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Zapekanka (bake) of roots and caraway crumble top

Zapekanka – or a Bake in English I suppose –¬† is the Russian ultimate comfort, nursery food. The basic principle of mashing ingredients to their soft, unresistant core and baking them till they form a crust, is the only rule

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The Manly pancake pie

I feel wrong about celebrating Russian day of¬† the ‘motherland’s defenders’, commonly known as ‘The Men’s day’. Needless to say current political situation in Mother Russia makes one uncertain about outright signs of patriotic feelings. Perhaps with my British sensibilities¬†

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When a humble white cabbage becomes a dove…

A common white cabbage, with its leaves unpeeled to reveal the core, is one of the most under-appreciated, exquisite and surreal things. The fact that it is also an edible thing, especially when stuffed with lots of other lush things