RUSSIA – Astrakhan
russian home cooking
These are some of the wonderful things Sonya and Raya have made us…
Peremech (meat doughnuts)
Pirog (meat pastry)
Borscht (beet soup)
Blinchiki (crepes) with sour cream. Notice how she uses half an onion as the utensil to butter the crepes.
Pilaf (rice with dried fruit). We have it with slow-cooked beef and beet salad.
Vodka and Pickles. We do shots with Alyam, then eat a pickle.
Tea with block sugar. They make a concentrated pot in the morning and dilute their cups with hot water throughout the day.
We only go out for coffee in Astrakhan. Sharlau anchors the corner of this gorgeous peaches n’ cream-colored building with festoons above the windows and caryatids on the facade. The interior doesn’t quite hold up to the facade, but at least it’s divided into smoking and non-smoking sections.
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