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A Little Bit of Russia!
It’s so rare that we include a Russian recipe on the blog, you would never guess we’re both of Russian descent!
Both of us were born overseas, Rami is Russian while I’m technically Belarussian, but we and our families all speak Russian, eat Russian food, live(d) in Russian communities, etc. The culture is rich but the food can be daunting for a newcomer. After all, a culture that “jellifies” its meat is probably not that easy to adapt to. Here’s a Buzzfeed list of bizarre Russian foods that we got a kick out of, hopefully, it doesn’t gross you out too much! 🙂
I’m not a huge fan of Russian food -I’ll rarely eat it and never, ever make any. Maybe that explains why I was a matchstick growing up! One of the few foods I do enjoy is red caviar, or as we say in Russian, ikra (don’t forget to roll that “r”). Caviar is simply, fish eggs. But when added on top of a smear of sour cream or butter on blini, (Russian style crepes), it’s amazing! We buy our wild Alaskan salmon caviar in a Russian supermarket by our house, but it can also be found in other large supermarkets in the fish section. Whole Foods has red caviar, for sure.
If you’ve never had caviar, it’s quite good! The texture is great and the little eggs pop nicely in your mouth, releasing their lightly salty flavor. You may find a version of caviar atop some sushi rolls, though it’ll be much smaller and milder in flavor. In this case, it may be called roe. Our favorite caviar is the larger red type. Black caviar is considered rarer and is incredibly expensive! When buying caviar, see if you can have a taste before buying. We like to sample a few types right in the store to test their freshness and saltiness.
We put sour cream and caviar on our basic crepes that we make with cream cheese and eggs, but another option that requires no cooking at all is simply arranging everything on a couple of cucumber slices! See our photo on Instagram for an example (and follow us while you’re at it!) We prefer the blini though, it’s the most delicious combo in our opinion! Give them a try 🙂
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