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Tuesday, December 12

Cultural Cooking : Russian

Something a little different this holiday season...we're featuring a traditional Christmas meal from Russia. Pull out your matryoshka dolls, light up the tree, and ... приятного аппетита (Enjoy!)

Kazakh Chai
  • 6 c Water
  • 6 tsp Loose black tea
  • 6 Cardamon pods
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 3 c Milk
  • Sugar or honey to taste
  1. Combine the water, tea, cardamon, and fennel seeds in a large saucepan and simmer over low heat for 3 min.
  2. Add the milk and 2 min. later, strain the tea into cups.
  3. Add sugar/honey.

Christmas Sochivo recipe
  • 14 oz wheat
  • 3 oz honey
  • 6 oz poppy seeds
  • 6 oz walnuts
  • salt to taste
  1. Sort wheat, wash and put in boiling water.
  2. Bring to a boil, drain and wash under cold water, bring to boil, cover tightly and put in the oven until soft.  Then take out and cool down.
  3. Wash poppy seeds, scald, wash under cold water and ground until homogenous and white.  Add sugar or honey and a bit of salt.  Combine with wheat.
  4. If sochivo is very dense, add some water. At the end add chopped walnuts.
Beef Stroganoff
  • 2 1/4 lb beef (boneless)
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 4 Tbsp ketchup
  • 5 oz sour cream
  • 2 c broth
  • 1 Tbsp flour mixed with butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • pepper
  1. Cut the meat into long strips, and beat the pieces a little.  Season and roll them in flour.
  2. Saute chopped onion in a pan on high and, when it is gold brown, put the strips there.  Brown meat.
  3. Saute the flour that you mixed with butter for few minutes, add sour cream, ketchup, salt.
  4. Pour the sauce over meat and stew on a low heat during 15-20 minutes.
  5. Beef Stroganoff is served with fried potatoes.
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