Eating Around the World – Russia

Blinchiki and kasha salad
OK, so Russia is a VERY big place, so this is obviously only a tiny taste of the country.  A bit of research and the suggestion was Kasha salad was a traditional dish, which is made with raw or roasted buckwheat. Another popular dish was blinchiki, this recipe was stuffed with minced beef.

Kasha Salad

  • 1 cup of Kasha (raw or roasted buckwheat groats)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 cups of vegetable bouillon
  • handful of grapes
  • About 8-10 strips of semi-dried mango
  • Handful of almonds, chopped
  • 1tbsp of honey
  • 1tbsp lime juice
  • 1tbsp olive oil

Stir the buckwheat into the beaten egg, then fry in a saucepan for a few mins, this helps to keep the grains separated. Pour in the bouillon and cook for 15mins with the lid on. Once cooked leave the buckwheat to cool and add the fruit and nut.  Stir the honey, lime and oil together and the pour over the buckwheat.


For the Pancakes (makes about 8)

  • 1egg
  • 1/2tsp sugar
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of plain flour

For the filling

  • 500g minced beef
  • 1 onion
  • few dashes of worcester sauce
  • 1-2tbsp tomato ketchup
  • Seasoning

Mix all pancake ingredients together until smooth. Fry each one until just set, flip over and cook for about another minute, don’t let them brown, keep them nice and floppy.

Fry the onion in a little oil, until softened.  Add mince and brown all over. Add worcester sauce, ketchup and seasoning and cook with the lid on for another 20mins.

Fill each pancake with the minced beef sauce and wrap up like a parcel.  Fry on each side until lightly browned.

For dessert we had Vatrushka, pronounced Vat-ROOSH-kah, commence boys marching round the house shouting this. I used this recipe.

All the food went down well this week, a real success! We also made these Russian matryoshka dolls that sort of stack together.

We won’t be Eating Around the World next week, but the following week we’ll be eating Turkish, ‘cos he thinks he’ll get to eat turkey.