Our International Table Adventures continue with Belarus!
The meal consisted of Borscht Soup from Belarus (Beet Soup with potatoes), Mushroom stuffed Draniki (Potato Pancakes/hash browns stuffed with mushrooms), Rye Bread and Strawberry Kisiel (Thick Strawberry Puree). We paired the meal with a couple vodka drinks made from authentic Russian vodka given to us by our good friends Dmitriy and Yelena. Dmitriy is from Belarus and they gave us a preview of the Russian cuisine earlier this year. (See pictures below)
We decided to roast the vegetables before adding them to the stock to really bring out the flavors and making rye bread from scratch was fun.
Belarus is famous for its beautiful nature and is often referred to as a land of beautiful lakes (with over 11,000 lakes), virgin forests, and rare species of plants and animals.
The national mascot is the European Buffalo – brought back from the brink of extinction in the early 50s, two European bison were released into the Białowieża Forest. Today there are around 600 to be spotted here.
The name Rus is often combined with its Latin forms Russia and Ruthenia, thus Belarus is often referred to as White Russia or White Ruthenia.The official language is Belarusian, but many citizens only speak Russian.