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Old 03-23-2004, 01:26 AM   #1
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Russian Food???

Hey, I have a woman that I want to make my girlfriend! :D 8)
She is from Russia (moved here 2 years ago) and I want to cook her something from where she comes from. I cant think of ANYTHING. :?

Can someone give me a few suggestions?

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Old 03-23-2004, 09:36 AM   #2
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Russia is a huge country. Each region has their own foods. If you are striving to make her some "home" cooking, I highly recommend finding out where in Russia she's from.
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Old 03-23-2004, 02:38 PM   #3
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rats.... ok
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Old 03-23-2004, 04:27 PM   #4
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Houston is fortunate to have such a large expat community that we have not one but two Russian grocery stores. I like to keep pelmeni (sp?) in the freezer for quick meals. Sort of like Russian tortellini. Fantastic with nothing but a little sour cream.
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Old 03-24-2004, 09:33 AM   #5
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Are you not able to find out where's she's from?

I don't want to blow any wind out of your sails. Even if you don't match the foods she's used to eating you might get some credit for trying.

Here are some links to Russian recipes:

http://www.recipesource.com/ethnic/e.../indexall.html

I'm not a huge fan of recipesource but it should give you an idea of the classic dishes to make. I'd look for the actual recipes elsewhere.

http://www.online-cookbook.com/goto/cook/rpage/000A74

I've eaten enough pierogies to fill warehouses :) This recipe looks right on the money.

And here are a few more that I found that look authentic:

http://www.natashascafe.com/html/menu.html
http://www.ruscuisine.com/
http://www.russianlegacy.com/en/go_t...an_cuisine.htm
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Old 07-22-2004, 07:36 PM   #6
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I would make stuffed cabbage. Easy and most people like it. Try to find a recipe that uses sour cream.
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Old 07-22-2004, 07:55 PM   #7
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Borscht is always a good one, especially in the summer!
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Old 07-22-2004, 08:27 PM   #8
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You may want to go to a Russian Grocery if you can find one. This would give you some ideas. You still need to know if she likes meats,fish,poultry,veggies. This will help get you started. A pasta dish would be easy. Why don't you just ask her to help you cook up a russian dish together. My wife is German Arabic. Her mother was raised in Nazi Germany....and her father was from Lebonon. We had great fun makin stuffed grape leaves, kibbee, pita bread,potatoe dumplings,Syrian Chicken and Rice. Its a great way to get to know each other.
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As a person with a degree in Slavic Linguistics and a former resident of Moscow, I'll give you a nice "Russian" recipe. Not Soviet, not Siberian, just plain old Russian. It's called "Myaso po Derevinsky" or "Meat Village-Style". I make it occasionally to remind myself of the days in Russia.

1lb. Sirloin Steak, cut into bite-sized pieces

2-3 medium potatoes, sliced into medallions

1 green pepper, sliced

1 large onion, sliced

1/4 lb. shredded cheese (I use cheddar, but in Russia, it probably is something more like Feta... all I remember is that they called the cheese "horoshy" or "good" cheese"... not much of a name, admittedly but it was white and creamy like a good French Feta)

A pinch each of: dried oregano, coriander, thyme, basil and sweet paprika.

Mayo to slather on potatoes and meat.

Place meat into greased casserole. Season with above seasoning except paprika. Brush with mayo, add onion, peppers. Toss some grated cheese on top. Sprinkle with paprika. Stack potatoes on top, overlapping like roofing shingles. Brush with more mayo. Sprinke with rest of cheese, then paprika. Bake at 375 F or about 200 degrees celcius for about 30 minutes covered. Bake an additional 20 minutes or so uncovered until meat and potatoes are tender.

Sorry the recipe is so vague. A Russian friend taught it to me many moons ago when I lived in Moscow, so the measurements aren't exact. Good luck with your Russian friend.
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