Jamie Oliver appears to evoke strong emotions in people. I was in Russia during his rise and so don’t know all that much about him. He believes, I believe, in healthy eating.
OK – so what’s wrong with that? Why shouldn’t people have good, unprocessed food available? This set of Leenks shots [link tomorrow] of Russian Kuchnia [cuisine] shows the blend of appetizing natural and sweet-tooth. It was a bit nostalgic seeing these things again.
Must-have with the soup are “zeli” or greens, mint or whatever, bread and sour cream, called smetana. Soups are a vital part of a Russian meal, one third of the real food value of the meal:
Another third is the salad. My ex-gf used to make wonderful salads and when she didn’t, she bought them from the high-end store Bahetlye. These salads weren’t just lettuce and greens – often they were works of art in themselves:
You must have wine and later tea. If you don’t have Moldavian wines, then you’ll have beer or vodka. Russian chocolate is usually dark and is scrumptious, though the labels can be unprepossessing. That exact champagne is what my ex-gf used to sip [a few times over]:
Ikra is quite vital too but as an adjunct. Black is even expensive there so it’s usually the red which graces most tables:
Don’t really like sprotti or sardines and other things like shrimps etc. Quite popular over there:
The famous pelmeni – the closest we have is ravioli but Australians would recognize the taste as close to Dim Sims. Extreme yum and many is the time Russians would have it as the opening dish. I’d often have it as my only dish. You can have it dry or in bouillon and both are good at different times. Smetana is vital to dob over it:
More tomorrow. Getting hungry just thinking about it.