Category: russian food

Day two of Maslenitsa, the Russian Pancake week.Have you tried…

Day two of Maslenitsa, the Russian Pancake week.

Have you tried crepes the Russian way – with fillings? Some of typical fillings are tvorog (curd), apples, berries, minced meat, eggs with chives, liver, mushrooms, cabbage.

March 4 marks the first day of the Pancake Week in…

March 4 marks the first day of the Pancake Week in Russia! 

(Postcard from 1988.)

Making pelmeni.Pelmeni were usually made in massive batches and…

Making pelmeni.

Pelmeni were usually made in massive batches and frozen for the winter. 

Russia has Monday and Tuesday off this week (June 12 is the…

Russia has Monday and Tuesday off this week (June 12 is the Russia Day), so I made Russian salad. 🙂 The beauty of it is, if you add kvass you can have it as cold summer soup, or if you add mayo you can have it as salad.

“Siberian Pelmeni” – vintage ad from the 1950s

“Siberian Pelmeni” – vintage ad from the 1950s

Every day this week(Image from Krestyanka 1969)

Every day this week

(Image from Krestyanka 1969)

“Come visit us!” – vintage postcard by Irina Iskrinskaya,…

“Come visit us!” – vintage postcard by Irina Iskrinskaya, 1968

Notice the stack of pancakes on the table 🙂

Day 3 of Maslenitsa. They say every household has their own…

Day 3 of Maslenitsa. They say every household has their own pancake recipe. Here’s my (secret!) recipe of perfect blinis.

0.5 l kefir
1 egg
3-4 spoons sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
flour

Mix everything but flour (use whisker or electric mixer). Then add flour incrementally to get the desired consistence (the more flour, the thicker blini will be). Fry blinis on a well heated frying pan.

A little tip: for best results I use kefir that’s gone sour (I buy it about a week ahead and let it go sour). It gives blinis a tingly sour taste and also more bubbles. 🙂

The key ingredient in this is of course kefir. It’s a type of fermented milk. I know that you can get it in Germany and Austria. Hopefully in other countries too (maybe in Russian food stores?) In Austria I tried this one, I bought it for the Matryoshka packaging and it turned out surprisingly good!

If you try this recipe you must share your results with me. 😉

This week, February 12 to 18, is Maslenitsa—the Pancake week!…

This week, February 12 to 18, is Maslenitsa—the Pancake week! It’s one of the biggest celebrations of old time Russia and my personal favourite, a very festive time that marks the turn of winter to spring. I’m sooo getting stuffed with pancakes and crepes this week!

I have some fun post ideas for this week, let’s celebrate Maslenitsa together!