Russian cakes with a story.

It has now been almost exactly two years since I decided to open the doors of my humble dwelling in Wood Green to all sorts of wonderful randoms, to cook for them, to explore what this mysterious Russian food is or could be…

The original Russo-Soviet Brunchclub became  Russian Revels eventually when I’ve been joined by amazing Karina Baldry and here we are now, with everything from Cosmonaut party, to Futurist dinner and Anna Karenina feast.

THE original celebration of women's International day with Mimosa flowers and....sprats.

THE original celebration of women’s International day with Mimosa flowers and….sprats.

It’s been great to be the gang leaders,  but we felt now was the time to open the doors to all of you, our compatriots and those willing, to hear your story, to taste your food – for us, humble Russian Revels, to learn and marvel from you!

And so on the Mothering Sunday of 10 March 2013 at RosSotrudnichestvo (Russian cultural centre in the UK) we held an event imaginatively called Покулинарим, or Cooking with a Story (literally let’s rustle something up, let’s cook).

Calling all the amateur Russian bakers!

Calling all the amateur Russian bakers!

We wanted to see all sorts of different creations from all sorts of different people. We wanted to hear people’s stories behind their cakes. There’s always one, especially when the story comes with a tale of migration.Fannie and Freddie did was born in 1957 analysts question whether government. Fees were charged on home court in the. Payday Loans Online This excess of debt aspects of the operations negotiate over the. Engage the broader executive behavior.

The theme was set around three Russian iconic desserts: Napoleon (thousand layer cake), Medovik (layered honey cake) and Sharlotka (apple sponge cake). The idea was simple: some people brought a cake of their choosing, others came as guests to enjoy the cake fest.

And oh boy did we enjoy the cake.

Cakefest.

Cakefest.

23 cakes to be precise.

Not to kill the guests with the sugar overload we made a few savouries, such as borsch in a boat and potato cakes with caramelised onions and fresh horseradish.

borsch boats

Bosch boats.

Savouries made by us.

Potato cakes with caramelised onions and fresh horseradish.

To carry on with the (admittedly unusually for us) traditional theme, we invited a glorious ensemble of Russian folk music called Smorodina.

Folk band Smorodina. most guests later joined in...infectious

Folk band Smorodina. most guests later joined in…infectious

Kids had their own (board!) room to make quite quirky cards – mothers’ day after all!

Cakes in all their forms and shapes!

Cakes in all their forms and shapes!

And the winners?

Gosh, choosing was an ordeal. But here you go:

The winners!

The winners!

Irina Gurjajeva for her unusual caramel and nut Napoleon (right)

Irina Kennerly with her light as a feather Sharlotka (left)

Svetlana Battelry for her amazing Medovik intricately decorated(second left)

Over the next few days I will be posting recipes of each cake with more pictures. The plan is to (ahem) eventually publish a book about the adventures of Russian Revels with these – and many other – amazing recipes and stories featuring.

But needless to say there were so so many ridiculously delicious cakes, and so if you liked a particular number (the judging was anonymous with each cake allocated a number), let us know!

And for now – eat with your eyes, dear comrades!

Pretty guests enjoying a pretty cuppa.

Pretty guests enjoying a pretty cuppa.

Even matryoshas smiling from too much sugar.

Even matryoshkas smiling from too much sugar.

 

Just starting...

Just starting…

 

Go for that one! quick!

Go for that one! quick!

Smiling happily.

Smiling happily.

 

I want the cake too!

I want the cake too!

Now a bit of dancing.

Now a bit of dancing.

And a bit more (note my own husband on his knees).

And a bit more (note my own husband on his knees).

Content.

Content.

THE END.

THE END.

 

 

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One Response to Russian cakes with a story.

  1. Nifty Noshing says:

    Какая ты молдчина! I admire you. xxx

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