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Maslenitsa week in Russia

Maslenitsa week in Russia
10 Feb 2010 22:02:55

Hey, guys, have you heard about Maslenitsa before?

It's half Christian half pagan Russian holiday which lasts a week. The seventh week before Easter, to be precise. Yeah, we are a bit wild here in Russia :D

Is spite of having a religious aspect, for many families nowadays it's nothing more that a chance to eat pancakes. We call it bliny. These bliny are associated with the sun - the main symbol of Maslenitsa.

Personally I don't like cooking pancakes. I've been desperately searching for a decent receipt of them for several years and failed. Too bad my relatives can't give me a hand. My Mum is absolutely stylish modern woman who travels all over the world wherever she has free time. She also practices Tai chi chuan, raises a pet-rabbit... but is hopeless when it comes to cooking.

However, this year I got a sudden idea. I wormed a secret out of my friends mother! Well, I can't say these are best pancakes ever, but quite eatable :) Thank you, Franz_k!


Louise and her cookbook :D Sorry for a crappy pic, I was too hungry to think about photos :P
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Kajico
Kajico (USA)
10 Feb 2010, 13:12:44
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They look very crepe unlike the thick ones we make here in the states, but they do look good. What do you guys top them with? Is it syrup or do you guys use something else, I'm always curious about cuisines outside of the U.S. (even national regional cuisines in the U.S. interest me). Alas though I'm a lousy cook as I was spoiled by my mother and sister who are both fantastic cooks.
usagi_joou
usagi_joou (Russia)
11 Feb 2010, 01:34:08
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OOOh I have a chance to answer you before Glory does^_^.
In my family there are 3 main toppings.
2 of them are not actually toppings, but fillings.
First one is minced meat. We boil beef, then mince it and then wrap the pancake around it. Then we put a wrapped pancake on a frying pan and then brown it a little.
Second is curd, or farmer cheese (I used a dictionary to find out how this thing is called in USA, we call it tvorog). We mix it with egg to make a filling. Then - same - brown the wrapped pancake a little.

And third - real topping, popular in my family - is caviar^__^ Black caviar is super expensive, I don't even remember when I ate it last time, but red caviar is absolutely affordable, and there is no problem to buy it. So we put it on the pancake and enjoy our Maslenitsa!^__^
I'm too old for this shit, ain't I?
Glory
Glory (Russia)
11 Feb 2010, 12:59:46
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Haha, yeah, Usagi already mentioned the favorite fillings (or toppings). We really do eat pancakes with (almost) anything. There is no one true recipe whether we're talking about toppings or batter. Otherwise I wouldn't have been in such a difficult situation. My favorite topping is honey. I also like mushrooms (ahahha-ehehehe... oy!).
I'm not that bad in cooking actually. I just have several weak points :( I'm not perfect :(
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While you so softly do sleep...
Kajico
Kajico (USA)
13 Feb 2010, 00:52:39
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Caviar, wow, I've only had that once it was ok, but I had it on crackers, the idea of it on pancakes is intriguing. Thanks for all the info :)
pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
10 Feb 2010, 18:50:59
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Oh, looks tasty. :)

It's interesting that you have a holiday that's openly "half Christian half pagan" in Russia. I mean, most Christian holidays we celebrate here in the US have roots in pagan traditions, but a lot of Christians would probably get offended if you mentioned that to them. XP

And always nice to see Chibi Louise in action, even if it's not the best looking picture ever. ^_^
Glory
Glory (Russia)
11 Feb 2010, 13:15:45
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"Offended" か。。。
Well, yeah, I guess, pious men can be easily offended. I'm sorry if I said something boorish. But it's a well-known fact that Maslenitsa has pagan origins. Lecture time!

Maslenitsa is the oldest surviving Russian holiday; archeological evidence suggests it may have been celebrated as early as the 2nd century A.D. The week-long celebration marking the beginning of spring was one of the most important and elaborate for the pagan culture, which is a fact not at all surprising if you have ever lived through a 6-7 month Russian winter. Blini were eaten as symbols of the sun, personified by the ancient and powerful god Volos.

Oh, I said something rude again...
The rain beats hard at my window
While you so softly do sleep...
pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
11 Feb 2010, 13:42:12
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Thanks for the lesson! ^_^
I'm not easily offended and I'm not a very religious person anyway. I find it silly when people let such simple things get under their skin. And I have always treasured sarcasm when dealing with such people. :)

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