Food Matters

Food Matters
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Eastern Promises

Amongst all church-related holidays in Soviet Russia, Easter was the most resilient, prohibited and hence forgotten. Christmas day had gone into oblivion; we couldn’t even remember, when asked, what had been served for Christmas lunch but Easter held its fort. Despite severe repercussions those who were devoted were sneaking out to the church to christen decorated Easter eggs, lich and Paskha at the dawn of Easter Sunday morning. These three attributes that epitomized celebrating of Easter were an absolute must.

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“Hot” potatoes

In Russia potatoes have always been a top vegetable and came to rescue on many of occasions.

Speedy fry-ups or just boiled in their skin and enveloped in butter and chopped fresh herbs... The most important thing was the taste.

I discovered that the best potato money can buy in the UK is Jersey Royals. It’s a true seasonal gem, but the season is short-lived – from right now till mid June.

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Get Cooking With Children

March is all about the start of spring, awakening from a long and dreary winter and Mothers, of course. In Russia we have a special day – the 8th of March – the day celebrating all the women: mums and spouses, grandmothers and sisters, girl friends and cousins. The Day requires a very strict ritual from the opposite sex and children- flowers, presents, pampering and undoubtedly cooking-free day for ladies.

In the UK we have Mothering Sunday (this year it falls on April, 03) where the focus is solely on Mothers but the rule of «no cooking» is preserved.

Make it a special day to cook with your children and choose the appropriate menu- uncomplicated, fun, with guaranteed positive results!

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Celebrating your Man

23 February has always been a day of celebration in the Russian calendar historically commemorating Russians serving in the Armed Forces. Over time it has undergone some changes in relation to the name- ranging from the Soviet Army and Navy to the Defender of the Motherland Day. Regardless of the name it has been always synonymous with men - no matter how old or young, whether brother, father or spouse. It was invariably perceived as a counterbalance with the Women’s Day on the 8th of March the day in which women in men’s lives are celebrated.

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Little China

This week there is a slight deviation from my main topic, Russian food. I can’t possibly ignore the Chinese New Year, which this year fell on Thursday, February 3. Apparently it can randomly fall on any day between late January and the middle of February.

Having just recovered from the Old Russian New Year we are plunging ourselves onto another celebration. I have to mention that Russians fanatically believe in Chinese horoscope, probably more than anyone else outside Chinese borders. In Russia on the eve of the New Year the shops and markets are filled with staggering varieties of figurines, of all shapes and forms, including edible ones, as well as other memorabilia associated with an appropriate horoscope year sign- this year it’s a sign of Rabbit.

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January blues

In January most of us had the post holiday blues. Party overdose, overindulgence, feeling the pinch around our waistband…. At the beginning of the year you can feel the need of a fresh start and in the list of all the New Year resolutions you might have at least one related to food.

Personally I am not in favour of sporadic and drastic dieting – whatever you lose you will eventually gain back. And banning certain favourites from your diet makes you feel unhappy. It’s definitely not the way to go. Eating healthy, eating seasonal and eating in moderation is the key to your success.