Russian Food and Cooking Tours
By Viator, September 2013
Every class may be a little different, but no matter what you are sure to walk away knowing how to make a few Russian specialties. You might learn how to make blini - thin pancakes that are often topped with butter, sour cream or fruit preserves – as your host explains why they are traditionally prepared to celebrate the end of winter. Or, learn about the history of the Olivier Salad as you slice carrots and chop potatoes to go along with the mix of mayonnaise, pickles, peas and ham. Often called the Russian Salad outside of Russia, this is traditionally served as part of New Year’s celebrations.
While you may have enjoyed Beef Stroganoff at home, it is likely a far cry from the traditional Russian dish, which has been prepared since the 19th century. Learn how to make the real deal, consisting of lightly floured beef cubes with a sauce of mustard and bouillon and topped off with sour cream. And of course you will want to try your hand at preparing borsch – one of the best known Russian dishes despite actually hailing from Ukraine.
If you don’t feel like stepping into the kitchen yourself, you can still get a great introduction to Russian cuisine and culture by checking out a traditional folklore show and Russian buffet dinner. You’ll enjoy folk music and dancing from various regions of Russia and then sample a buffet that includes Russian meats and cheeses, caviar and Russian vodka.