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

By Russian Revels

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.

By Russian Revels

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

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The Nutcracker: fairytale dinner.

By Russian Revels

‘I am Krakatuk, You found me in a nook To break the Mouse Queen’s hex Walk backwards eyes closed seven steps!’ And off they went, the glamour of bulbous skirts and masks forgotten, the forty guests in search of the

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Olivier salad, the original dirty, damn good dish.

By Russian Revels

A pile of boiled potatoes in skins, boiled carrots – not a very exciting bunch at first glance, a selection of cans and jars… Then you start peeling, cubing, slicing, chopping… Cubes of pale potatoes in a bowl are now

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The battle of broths and borsch.

By Russian Revels

Blood-coloured, thick borsch is what russki soul is all about. It is one of our most successful global brand acquisitions (well, with the other two), it’s what we suck in with our mother’s milk. Borsch is both the most comforting

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Deer, blood, chocolate and Kagor in a stew.

By Russian Revels

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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Meet the OTHER Russians – biotiful white stuff.

By Russian Revels

‘I’m happy here.People smile. I’m just missing the black bread and ‘sour’ dairy products’ – is what you hear, inevitably, from russkis when they first arrive in Britain. Dark, moist, rye bread like this Borodinsky bread and the myriad varieties

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Borodinsky rye arancini.

By Katrina K Comment ↓

I’m certain that in the old days my peasant ancestors made many a kasha with this very grain, but I’ve yet to see someone cooking with it. So I’ve started to experiment…

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Milky sausages from LavkaLavka – not from toilet paper

By Katrina K Comment ↓

My fondest memories of breakfast with my mother was when she would lightly boil a couple of molochnye sosiski (milky sausages) for me…

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Scotch egg clad in Russian herring coat

By Katrina K Comment ↓

No celebratory Soviet table can do without the combo of cured herring, potatoes, eggs, onions, beetroot… and, of course, mayonnaise!

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As the exuberant American food writer M.F.K Fisher once said:

"Our three basic needs, for food and security and love are so mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others."

Food is where Russian Revels started. And so we write about the sensuality, warmth, nostalgia and melancholia that food brings.

In this corner of the site we will talk of our explorations into the Russo-Britto dishes we serve at our parties, unusual and comforting ingredients we find in London, and of larger than life characters who are a delicious part of RR.

Katrina and Karina

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