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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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‘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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Olivier salad, the original dirty, damn good dish.

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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On sausages in fat, confinment and Haringey markets.

What better lunch can a girl have than a good sausage smeared in a healthy dose of fat. My Sunday afternoon was blissful one in allowing me to combine my two longest standing passions: a bit of quality meaty fat

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The ultimate soviet party.

It is every man’s fantasy to get a glimpse of a young pioneer girl, in her high socks, bare knees, plaits and a tomato-red tie… This was one of the first and perhaps most poignant remarks at the re-launch party

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Next Russian brunclub – it’s all about the pie…

‘[The pie] should be appetising, shameless in its nakedness, a temptation to sin’. Anton Chekhov If you thought that the Brits had a monopoly on loving the pie, or that pies can only be homely – I invite to re-think

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Ukrainian banush – a hug and some action in one bowl.

Khrushev – that charismatic leader of the communist party in USSR in the 60s – is memorable on two accounts in my mind: for letting soviet couples to have sex in private and for introducing corn to the nation. With

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Ukrainian brunch – eating off a face..

I have a healthy fascination with making people feel squeamish. As a food anthropologist (to be), I am interested in that instant, guttural reaction to foods – and food ideas – that provoke people to either shut down, reject or

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Ukrainian heroes: rare breeds of people, animals and salo – part 2.

Soviet kolkhozy knew what they were doing…taking full control of everything that grows and happens on your farm is the only way…to be successful and honest in modern-day Ukraine too says a 32-year old Yurij Sergeyev – a farmer, a

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A museum of salo in Lviv – breaking stereoptypes with a slab of fat?

It is not often that I dine on phallus made out of pork fat, filled with dumplings.     But then it is not often that one visits a museum fully dedicated to a product that many people would feel