Russian Apple Pie – Gluten-free Sharlotka

      Physics, geometry and chemistry were not the only subjects taken seriously in Soviet times.  In my public high school we were also required to take a class named Trudovoe Obuchenie (Trud), the name that I can only translate as…
Russian Rice Kasha – Рисовая Каша

Russian Rice Kasha is a breakfast dish that can be eaten anytime of the day.  It provides a delicious alternative to the way-too-sweet breakfast cereals and pancakes laden with maple syrup.  I recommend it especially, if you have children.  It seems…
Russian Compote – Soviet Cafeteria Star

Compote wasn’t just a Soviet cafeteria staple, it was an undisputed star.  It had a perfect combination of sweet and tart.  The pieces of fruit swimming inside were a dash of delight.  I still remember trying to get friends to…
What Russian Tsar Ate for Breakfast?

  In the famous play by one of my most favorite Russian writers Mikhail Bulgakov there is a funny scene where lunch is served to Tsar Ivan the Terrible. The Tsar asks what is being served and hears the following…
How to Make Russian Pancakes (two recipes)

  When I was a kid there was no holiday I liked more than Maslenitsa, the Pancake Festival.  It’s the oldest surviving Russian holiday dating back to 2nd century AD.  It started as a Pagan celebration of Spring and Sun…
Russian Vinaigrette Salad

I can’t recall one party or celebration from my childhood without this quintessential Russian salad.  And I’m pretty sure that not having it on a New Year’s night is practically illegal in three quarters of Russian territory.  I don’t know…