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Marina Calland
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Christmas is Coming
Surprisingly for someone who grew up in a Russian village, my babushka was not religious at all. Her lack of faith cannot even be fully explained by the fact that she was a post Communist Revolution child. Back then religion was "opium for the masses" and c...
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The best breakfast ever! And easy to make too!
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Oladushki. Or what you call Blini.
Let me make this clear. What you lot call blini (those small panfried cakes) are actually called oladhushki. Blini are the pancakes you make on Shrove Tuesday. Now that’s sorted, let me tell you, oladushki were as much part of my life as toast and marmalade...
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Vegetarians stay away! This is meat, meat and more meat! 
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How Does One East Kholodets?
Back from Ukraine and full of recipes and stories. I am starting with the long promised kholodets . In a nutshell, it's meat in aspic - a much loved East European festive dish. It takes a long time to prepare, so it is made for really special occasions. My ...
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Live From Ukraine
I am flying to Mariupol tomorrow and will be bringing you some of my babushka's finest cooking as interpreted by my mum. The cold season's favourite, kholodets , will be on the menu. It's meat served in aspic, which my husband rather comically tried to spre...
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I cannot even imagine making enough pancakes to feed 25 people for a whole day! 
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A Pile of Pancakes
Nine pm was the time children went to bed when I was little. My dad would normally just come home and mum would hang out with him. Babushka went to her room, or rather our room, as we all lived in a one bedroom flat: mum, dad, babushka and I. Her and I shar...
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An unusual, though very traditional, beetroot salad. 
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Another Way with Beetroots
This recipe uses most of Britain's mistrusted foodstuff: beetroots, prunes and mayo. And yet I am urging you to try it, as it works surprisingly well. The dish is technically a salad, but not in a British sense. In fact it's quite difficult to serve within ...
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