Monday, October 22, 2012

It is common knowledge that Russians absolutely love their soups.  So much, that they have a bowl at every meal!  As we learned in a discussion in class, their use of soup could be equated to the American's use of a beverage. So upon further investigation I looked up a recipe for a famous russian cuisine - Borsch Soup ("grandma's favorite" apparently --- had to be good then, right?!) Common borsch ingredients are beets, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, meat, and a variety of spices, but the flavor comes mainly from the amount of time it is cooked. Specifically:

The  ingredients for the soup are as follows:
1-2 center cut beef shank (s)
1 beef soup bone
6 medium/large beets with greens2 lemons or lemon juice32 oz. sour cream (I use fat free)1/2 oz. fresh dill5-7 tsp. salt (taste as you go)1 onion, finely chopped8-9 quarts of water

As much as the Russians like their soups, they might even like their beets more. It could be assumed that they take pride in this vegetable because beets thrive in the cold. That relates to so much of the Russian culture! How they farm, how they make a living, how they create a lifestyle...Why wouldn't they take pride in it! 
I think what really tops off this soup is the use of the cream that is miked in as soon as it is poured (you can not go wrong with extra cream!)

All I have to say, is I'm for sure trying this soon! 

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