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Old 07-27-2012, 11:59 AM   #71
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[QUOTE=Greg Who Cooks;1166490]Not French fries. Crisp potato straws. Any mention of "French fries" was my own modern interpretation of the side serving described in the 1912 recipe.


That is why I used the quotation marks. To underscore that I was using your expression. Nobody heard of string shoe or any other types of fancy potatoes accept plain boiled, or plain fried, or mashed potato. Nothing.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:34 PM   #72
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That is why I used the quotation marks. To underscore that I was using your expression. Nobody heard of string shoe or any other types of fancy potatoes accept plain boiled, or plain fried, or mashed potato. Nothing.
You should read the book, Joyce Toomre, ed., Classic Russian Cooking: Elena Molokhovets' A Gift to Young Housewives, and particularly the approx. 100 page introduction where the translator discusses that the book refers to the food eaten mostly by the aristocrat class. The poor people, particularly during bad times, were lucky if they had any food at all let alone Beef Stroganoff served over crisp potato straws.

You must be a pretty old fellow to know what Russia was like in 1912. But really, you should get this book from your public library and read a few parts of it. It is not a cookbook! It is more about history of a cuisine than anything else, and in fact most of the recipes are not really presented in usable form, particularly since they did not use measurements like we use in modern times, and even many of the ingredients were different in the 19th century (when the book first came out).
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:07 PM   #73
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You were the one who brought up 1912 or the quotation from 1912. I didn't say anything about 1912 except quoting you. I'm talking about modern times. And I do know about the book you are quoting from. It has nothing to do with what has been going on in Russia during the last 70 years. We were talking about what was being served in Russia today, not 100 years ago. So go back and reread what you wrote and what the thread was meant to be about.
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Okay, sorry for the misunderstanding.
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:38 PM   #75
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no problem, as long as we can get down to the issue at hand
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