A Gastronomer’s Journey


Bruno (BUZZ): ‘In the original recipe of a classic babushka (grandmother in Russian), the thick soup is almost gelatinous and prepared with meats that gives a thin layer of fat on the purple broth and shiny. It takes garlic, dill, chunks of cabbage, potatoes and carrots, and is usually served with fresh sour cream aside’

Much pleasure. I am Bruno, better known as Buzz, Brazilian, backpacker and connoisseur of food.

I am beginning my first article here, and I would like to talk about a country which has now grabbed the attention of the whole world because it is hosting the world’s most popular tournament; World cup Football 2018. As everyone knows that the country is Russia.

I had visited Moscow in 2014 and I was lucky to arrive well at the time of the city’s birthday celebrations.

Before going to Russia, I had in my mind a list of typical foods that I yearned to try.

It is quite obvious that if you ask any Brazilian, which Russian dish comes to mind first, when you think of the foods of Russia? The answers would generally vary in between stroganoff to the famous Russian salad (potato salad with mayonnaise – in Brazil). But I desired to try something different, so tastes of dishes like borsch, blinis and caviar were on my list to enjoy.

And there I started the Russian gastronomic experience for the most traditional dish of the Russian family: a borsch, or in Old Russian “brsch” (beet).

In the original recipe of a classic babushka (grandmother in Russian), the thick soup is almost gelatinous and prepared with meats that gives a thin layer of fat on the purple broth and shiny. It takes garlic, dill, chunks of cabbage, potatoes and carrots, and is usually served with fresh sour cream aside.

In fact, there is only one secret to a good, traditional borsch: a cup of pickled or pickled cucumber water, which gives a bitter, acidic touch, making the  typical purple color more vivid and intense. Ingredients like Red Wine, apple cider vinegar also go well with the preparation. It is a delicious soup and worth trying in its traditional recipe in your home country. I can vouch for it.

Curious story: When the Queen of England went to Moscow, a cook decided to prepare the soup in the nouvelle cuisine style. When the hosts saw it, they were perplexed at the style and chased the babushka to present the dish to the Queen in its original recipe. Sometimes less is more!

I hope you have enjoyed my maiden article until the next gastronomic adventure is carried out.

What will be the next destination?

See ya…

Words and Photos: Bruno


About the author: Bruno is a digital marketing professional with a special expertise on CRM. Brazilian backpacker, passionate about gastronomy and intense travel enthusiast. Has already travelled fourteen countries and desire to explore more. Participated in five courses/workshops focused on gastronomy including one in Italy (pasta, pizza and sauces) in the Cordon Bleu of Firenze, Italy.

Email: boabuzzbox@gmail.com

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