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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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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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The nostalgic soup of ‘coloured cabbage’

‘Coloured cabbage’ – Cauliflower in Russian – was amongst the first few ‘foreign’ ingredients that reached the just-post-Soviet Estonia in the early 1990s. I was about 11 and just started to do things in the kitchen, cooking I suppose one

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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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On reveling in hype and beetroot dauphinoise

Russkis were bonkers about all things French in the 18-19 centuries. Not only Russians of course, most of the Western, and not so Western world. The French did a good job in creating – what we could now call a

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Curd cheese patties with sea buckthorn sauce

I am back. And could there be a more scrumptious and cosy way of returning than with the dish that used to be fed to millions of Soviet children in kindergartens and schools across 1/6 of the planet – Syrniki,

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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

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More parsnip New Year treats

Amongst all the post-Christmas wilderness (partying, snowing and otherwise), here’s a little bit of curiosity to amuse you.