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Borsht Anyone?

By Olga Lurye, Age 12, New York


Borsht, meatballs, and apple pancakes are some of the many foods fed to today’s Russian generation. We have all had the typical Russian food. But do you know the real diet of a Russian born immigrant? Not the American run Russian restaurants, you see ruling city streets.

Russia is the mastermind of all meat. Some popular meat dishes include meat stuffed cabbage, mixed grill, and a variety of meat kebabs. Russians are carnivores. From the outsider’s perspective this culture is aggressive. In some means that’s true, they have stolen food ideas from other countries. For example, Italian meatballs can be found in any Russian family dinner. They taste the same except it is personalized by flattening it out, and they don’t put marinara sauce. Stuffed cabbage is another example, it comes from Italian culture. “Wink, Wink,” the Italian version has asparagus.

Another aspect of Russia’s intriguing cuisine is it has been named one of the healthiest countries. This surprises us unhealthy Americans. They’re rigged out with all sorts of pastries. One common dish is various types of stuffed blintzes. Blintzes can found at any Jewish Deli (Zabars!), but Russians also have that dish in their culture. Jewish blintzes are typically made with a mascarpone cheese base and are stuffed into sweet dough (the blintzes always have a healthy helping of sour cream or apple sauce). Russian style blintzes use meat or berry mix for the base instead of cheese. Another dessert delicacy that is eaten all over Russia is apple pancakes. In the past, a Russian immigrant who was trying to fit into America probably made Apple pancakes. American and Russian pancakes have a similar base. Apple pancakes are rare in America, but the word “pancake” was inspired by American culture.

As you know, every culture has its differences. When it comes to food, Russia has more similarities than differences. In some ways, Russians are a bit scared of those little kids that say “Ew,” when they try new foods.  Due to the odd ingredient choices, Russian food is often not accepted. For example, beets and potatoes are one of those odd clashes. My theory about why people don’t like to try new things is because they’re so used to their regular routine, they don’t want to mix it up. With a little diversity, people can gain a love for a delicious style of food.

I would like sign off Russia’s Undiscovered Food Secrets Article by saying a life lesson: “Don’t Worry, Just Do It.” “До свидания!” Happy eating…until next time!