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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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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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White stuff dare – tvorog in London. Finally.

After almost 16 years of living in this country I have finally found it. The light, sweet, intoxicating white stuff that makes me – and many a Russian – smile dreamily and make our eyes go all misty with memories

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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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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

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The battle of broths and borsch.

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.

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.

‘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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Milky sausages from LavkaLavka – not from toilet paper

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

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