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Fruit Kompot – VIDEO

By |2016-07-25T22:32:35+00:00July 25th, 2016|Categories: Beverages, Food, Recipes, Russian, Ukranian|Tags: , |

Looking for an all-natural drink that's also low in sugar? Try this homemade recipe for summer fruit kompot. What is Fruit Kompot? Kompot is a sweet fruit drink made with seasonal fruits or berries. Unlike fruit juice, kompot is prepared by simmering or boiling the fruits and adding a bit of sweetener like sugar, honey, maple or agave syrup. [...]

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese – VIDEO

By |2016-06-30T20:07:29+00:00June 30th, 2016|Categories: Food, Main Dishes, Recipes, Russian, Vegetables|Tags: , |

Summer is a wonderful time to try fresh garden variety root vegetables including beets, carrots, radishes and many more. Beets in particular are rich in vitamins and are a valuable source of natural fiber. Dating back to the era of ancient Rome, beets have become indispensable in Russian cuisine. From borscht to “seledka pod shuboi”, beets [...]

Summer Grilling & Russian Dacha

By |2016-06-17T18:51:42+00:00June 17th, 2016|Categories: Food, Fun, Meats, Russian|Tags: , , , , |

Summer is Dacha season in Russia. Grilling, foraging and chilling is the name of the game for most Muscovites who trade in the muggy heat of the big city for the cool breeze of the Russian countryside. As the temperatures climb in the highly polluted and populated cities, so does the desire to get away [...]

Russian Blini – VIDEO

By |2016-05-31T07:41:28+00:00May 31st, 2016|Categories: Appetizers, Blini, Russian|Tags: |

It’s Sunday morning and we were in the mood for a light and delicious, authentically Russian blini brunch. Having just come back from a honeymoon in Venice, it was time to give ourselves a break from the super sweet breakfast rolls and treat ourselves to something healthier. We had some fresh berries and just a bit [...]

Varenye (Cherry) – VIDEO

By |2016-05-15T02:46:18+00:00May 15th, 2016|Categories: Cuisine, Desserts, Food, Recipes, Russian, Sauces/Dressings, Ukranian, Varenye/Preserves|Tags: , |

Summer is right around the corner and that means lots of fresh fruits and berries. It's also the perfect time to start thinking about creative ways to preserve the left-over fruit. Varenye (or varenie) is a traditional Eastern European whole-fruit preserve. In Russia and across Ukraine, varenye is made by cooking down berries, fruits, nuts [...]

Blinis for Maslenitsa

By |2016-03-13T22:58:43+00:00March 13th, 2016|Categories: Appetizers, Blini, Breakfast, Cuisine, Food, Maslenitsa, Recipes, Russian, Ukranian|

Today is the last day of Maslenitsa — an old Slavic festival that precedes the period of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church’s traditions. Also known as Pancake Week, Maslenitsa lasts an entire week and gets its name from ‘maslo’ the Russian word for butter which literally signifies that only dairy products are eaten. A cheerful [...]

Pumpkin Spiced Russian Kasha (Video Recipe)

By |2015-12-15T02:24:00+00:00December 15th, 2015|Categories: Food, Recipes, Russian, Special Holidays|Tags: , |

Kasha is a staple dish in Russian cuisine. Joining the worldwide reputation of borscht, caviar and blini, Russian kasha is one of oldest authentic Russian foods. Simple and seemingly unremarkable, pumpkin kasha stands at the crux of ancient Russian culinary arts and cultural. For centuries, kasha was the central dish at ceremonial feasts, wedding receptions [...]

Russian Stuffed Peppers – VIDEO recipe

By |2015-11-16T07:36:12+00:00November 16th, 2015|Categories: Food, Main Dishes, Russian, Ukranian|Tags: , |

Russian stuffed peppers are a classic dish perfect for pretty much any time of the year. They are especially hearty and delicious when the weather outside is cold. A classic dish in Eastern European cuisine, stuffed peppers are particularly popular in Russia. Easy to make and oh so delicious, stuffed peppers taste best with minced lean [...]

Zharkoe: Russian Beef Stew – VIDEO recipe

By |2019-03-22T20:51:34+00:00November 6th, 2015|Categories: Cuisine, Main Dishes, Meats, Recipes, Russian, Ukranian|Tags: , |

Zharkoe (жаркое) is a traditional Russian beef and potatoes stew. It’s usually cooked slowly, over a medium heat to let the meat become as tender as possible. The better the meat, the tastier the zharkoe. In Russian, zharkoe also literally means a ‘hot dish’. November is the perfect month to experiment with new hearty dishes… zharkoe [...]

Home-made Pelmeni (Recipe)

By |2015-09-04T11:40:56+00:00September 4th, 2015|Categories: Belorussian, Cuisine, Food, Main Dishes, Meats, Pasta, Poultry, Recipes, Russian, Ukranian|Tags: |

Pelmeni are to Russians what Ravioli are to Italians. A filling, delicious and staple part of the diet. A quick look at the tasty history of pelmeni reveals that these meat filled Russian dumplings are adaptations of the Chines potsticker. Its distinct rounded ear shape is what also sets it apart from Ukraine’s close cousin vareniki [...]

Russian Sausage

By |2019-03-22T20:54:25+00:00August 31st, 2015|Categories: Appetizers, Cuisine, Meats, Russian, Ukranian, Uncategorised|Tags: |

Sausages and kolbasas are cured meats that have been a culinary staple in Russian for nearly 100 years. Back in 1917 meat was especially in demand in a country that had just experienced a revolution. Unified by the Bolsheviks under a communist ideology, the young Soviet Republic struggled to produced enough food to feed its people. [...]

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Cool off with Summer Cold Dishes

By |2012-06-22T23:45:05+00:00June 22nd, 2012|Categories: Cuisine, Russian|

On hot summer days, the appetite for hot dishes is usually reduced so it's just the right time for making cold dishes. First place in this category goes to the salads. Salads are made of chopped fresh or cooked vegetables and coated with a variety of dressings. Salads can be had as appetizers, main dishes and [...]

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