Merilin's Retro

Vintage from 1950-80 Soviet Union

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Wild Chantarelles with potatoes

This my wild chantarelles harvest! Fried with onion and zucchini. Served with boiled potatoes and Russian sour cream. Delicious!!
 chantarelles with potatoes

estonian pine forest

Chanterelles favorite place to grow – Estonian pine forest


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Russian Kvas

Kvass is a fermented beverage made from black or regular rye bread. It is classified as a non-alcoholic drink by Russian and Ukrainian standards, as the alcohol content from fermentation is typically less than 1.2%. Generally, the alcohol content is low (0.05% – 1.0%).
It is often flavored with fruits such as strawberries and raisins, or with herbs such as mint. Kvass is also used for preparing a cold summertime soup called okroshka.

It is especially popular in Russia and Ukraine, but also well-known throughout Belarus, Estonia, Serbia, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as in other former Soviet states such as Georgia, Kazakhstan and Armenia where many kvass vendors sell the drink in the streets.

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A kvass street vendor in Rīga, the capital of Latvia (1977)




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Russian pancakes – syrniki

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Tangy, tender Russian pancakes called syrniki.  They are just delicious!

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