The kitchen is open-
When most people think of Russia, vodka, ballet and geopolitical conflict come to mind. These things, along with ornamental architecture and diverse, far-reaching landscapes stretching five climate zones earned Russia a place on our bucket list travel board. But, not the food. Which is why this week, KT enters the belly of the bear to explore a cuisine so influenced by abundant geography and a dynamic political timeline. We looked first to old Russia for authentic menu inspiration. Our zakuski, a distinguishing element of Russian food history and culture, includes a variety of cold and hot offerings.
Russkaya Traditsionnaya Lososevaya Ikra | Chernaya Zhemchuzhnaya Ikra | Bliny
Gribi v Smetane | Borodinskij
Grechka Kasha | Slavnaya Rozh | Varen'ye
Our virtual travels to Russia included a side trip outside of the kitchen via our living room, which houses a collection of Russian Lacquer brought back from then USSR by my parents in 1989. This miniature box, created by a master artisan in the village of Kholui, draws inspiration from Russian mythological and historical painter Viktor Vasnetsov to depict "The Tale of the Young Guard and the Merchant Kalashnikov." Serving under the reign of Tsar Ivan, a handsome young oprichnik seeks the affection of a merchant's married daughter.
"He caught my hands in his and spoke to me in a whisper."
Kitchen Traveler is the creative brainchild of Michele McMurry and husband Doug, who together recreate global flavors from their cozy galley kitchen in San Antonio, Texas. While our passion for wandering and savoring is not new, our appreciation for such experiences ─ that for now remain on hold ─ is deeper than ever.