Friday, November 07, 2008

Around the World: Kasha Kupecheskaya

An old Russian proverb says, "You can't feed a Russian without kasha." Here is kasha kupe- cheskaya: cooked toasted buckwheat kernels, carmelized onions, and tofu (taking the place of the traditional hard-boiled eggs).

I would add to that old saying that you also can’t feed a Russian without mushrooms. I have never eaten mushrooms as delicious as those made for me by a Russian immigrant friend, who told me of how they would hunt for wild mushrooms in her native country, and how mushrooms were considered an important meat replacer during the Orthodox fasts. These are chanterelles (I don't know if it's the same everywhere, but our local Costco has 1 lb. fresh chanterelles for $8.99!!).

The other containers hold a small salad with dressing, a pear, and two Russian Tea Cakes (little cookies rolled in powdered sugar).

And could it be? Yes, it's another new lunch box! This is the new three-tier To-Go Ware container. To-Go Ware has a brand new look, with two-tier and three-tier containers and, best of all, the small stainless steel dressing containers we've all been hoping for. The new lunch boxes also come apart so you can carry just the top tier for a light snack.

Verdict: Ochen' vkusno! (very delicious!) The chanterelles were heavenly, especially with the kasha. 5 stars.

21 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Oooh, enticing!!

melanie said...

Looks yummylicious but you're misspelling the mushroom, s/b chanterelles. Luv ya.

caroline said...

Zdorovo! Like your Russian friend, the people in my home county hunt for mushrooms in the woods. Here we have morels, which always taste better when you've found them yourself! They're also very substantial and, um, meaty?

Jennifershmoo said...

>...you're misspelling the mushroom,

Oops. Thanks, I fixed it!

Valerie Phoenixfire said...

I'm from Russia originally and also remember hunting for mushrooms in the woods. This not only brings back memories, but also reminds me that my favorite vegetable side dish (caramelized onions) can be added to kasha. :) I think I'll see about making that...

Karen said...

looks so good. I love the "to-go ware". It reminds me of "tiffin boxes" in india.

Josh said...

Note to vegans in general: Visiting Russia (or any Orthodox country) during Lent is wonderful. All restaurants suddenly have an almost exclusively vegan "lent menu" and grocery stores carry lots of interesting meat substitutes. I seriously ate better than at home, which is odd considering that the rest of the year in Russia is terrible for vegans.

Paige said...

I was wondering if you could let me know what the approximate volume of the compartments are. I can't seem to find that information anywhere. I suppose I could use the inch measurements and break out the calculator, but maybe you could tell me too. Thanks!

Annieeggplant said...

Oh yum!! These all look so good. Is there any hope of getting some recipes?

Jennifershmoo said...

>>Is there any hope of getting some recipes?

Yes! If all goes according to plan, recipes will be coming in a few months ... :-)

Annieeggplant said...

Thank you!!

Jennifershmoo said...

>>I was wondering if you could let me know what the approximate volume of the compartments are.

You're right, they should put that on their website. I filled each container with water to measure volume for you: the top tier holds 1 3/4 cups, both bottom tiers hold 2 cups each. Hope that helps!

Paige said...

That's very helpful, thanks!

Bianca said...

You outta write another cookbook with all these around the world dishes!

mastimaker314 said...

I also love the saying, "Schi i kasha, pisha nasha." It means, "Schi and kasha is our food." Schi is Russian cabbage soup, also ochen vkusno. Which reminds me ... I love cabbage anything. And mushroom anything. Yum!

Jennifershmoo said...

>>You outta write another cookbook with all these around the world dishes!

I will!! :-)

Dennis the Menace said...

Those containers look like the dim sum containers at the Chinese restaurants! But the food looks delicious o.o...

Shelly said...

hi there! We just got your book from Amazon. My teen daughter is vegan and we hope that it will be a good fit for her. Also, I was diagnosed with diabetes about 2 months ago and have changed my food patterns. One food that I have found that is good for my blood sugar is Kasha and make it often. This week I made it with mushrooms! Very cool that you wrote about the same thing! My girl won't eat the Kasha, but that means more for me!

Thank you for the post!

Alyss said...

I love kasha! I was taught by the granddaughter of a polish jew how to make it with onions and mushrooms. Soooo yummy :)

Nancy G said...

I made kasha and bows with mushrooms for a potluck and I was hoping nobody took much..oh well got to make it again for me!

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