Menu: Russia (with Double Giveaway)

There’s a Russian proverb which states “The appetite comes with eating” (Appetit prikhodit vo vremya yedy). Sometimes, when trying new foods, we just have to dig in (especially – oh goodness – when it comes to trying caviar the first time). Only then can we know if we have an appetite for the new dish. Thanks Russia! We definitely used this advice this week.

All recipes and meal review will be posted throughout the week.

Pumpkin Olad’yi [Recipe]
This is Russian breakfast at her best. Think fluffy pancakes, but smaller. While typically made with buttermilk, these olad’yi also have a happy helping of pumpkin puree, which makes them perfect for right here, right now.  Served with honey, sour cream, and fresh berries.

Russian Potato Salad | Olivier Salad [Recipe]
 This classic salad contains everything but the sink: ham, peas, pickles, carrots,  hard boiled eggs, and potatoes. Welcome to the ultimate potluck celebration dish in Russia.

“Egg, Egg, Caviar” [Recipe]
This fun concoction is something saw on Andrew Zimmern’s show. Imagine a gently scrambled egg with cream, chives, and topped with a blast of sour cream and caviar. For bonus points, serve the whole shebang in a pretty egg shell.

Russian Tea [Recipe]


Today we have two fun giveaways for one lucky winner.

I have been eyeing these adorable Russian themed measuring cups for a long, longtime. I’d like to say I want them for my daughter, but that would only be partially true. I want them for me, for you, and for everyone ever.

Just because.

They’d make the sweetest housewarming gift.

They are fun to reassemble.

And they actually get the job done.

Are you in love yet?

In addition, since it’s Halloween here in the USA, I just have to give away one of these drinking carafes:

Aw. Poor, poor Matroyshkas. This makes me chuckle every time.


Enjoy, friends.


What global goodies would you make with the measuring cups? What will you drink in the carafe? Or will they be a gift? Tell us all about it!

Simply leave a comment with your answer. That’s it!


Congratulations to Nicole who said:

While I would love to keep and cherish them, I would give them as a gift to my neice, Gabriella, who was adopted into our forever family from Russia. My sister has recently completed their fourth international adoption and we can now call our family the “U.N.” since we cover: Russia, South Korea, Ethiopia and China. Gabbi would love to use these measuring cups in the kitchen baking all sorts of yummy things.

Please email me by November 12, 2012 to claim your prizes.

Bonus entries will be provided for those that tweet this giveaway with hashtag #globalgiveaway and/or share it on Pinterest and Facebook.

One winner will be chosen at random and announced in the Monday Meal Review on November 5, 2012. Prize must be claimed by November 11, 2012. There are no sponsors for this giveaway. I simply wanted to share some Russian love from me to you. Enjoy!


  1. I’ve just gotten into making pies so I would use the cups for that and the craft I would use to drink my daily breakfast tea with lemon. Which for some reason reminds me of my childhood. 🙂

  2. Those pumpkin pancakes sound good, and would have gone well with the autumn themed foods I made the other day while stuck in the house during the hurricane (except that I didn’t have any pumpkin in the house and couldn’t get out to buy anything). But they still would have been a nice compliment to my Indian pudding (one of my favorite storm foods to eat).

  3. Barbara says

    I love these measuring cups & carafe! I had the wooden/painted nesting dolls as a child & really regret giving them away many years ago. I’d use the measuring cups when cooking with my daughter which would mostly be pancakes, brownies or hot fudge cakes. I’d use the carafe for ginger tea with milk & sugar which I got from your website & it is delicious!!

  4. Nicole DeBoer says

    While I would love to keep and cherish them, I would give them as a gift to my neice, Gabriella, who was adopted into our forever family from Russia. My sister has recently completed their fourth international adoption and we can now call our family the “U.N.” since we cover: Russia, South Korea, Ethiopia and China. Gabbi would love to use these measuring cups in the kitchen baking all sorts of yummy things.

  5. Oh no, I’m not as nice as you. I’d have to keep them for myself. I would use them all the time though! First things first? A triple-chocolate cake. Just because 🙂

  6. Eileen says

    Aw, I love russian nesting dolls! As for what I’d make, it’s currently snowing outside, so I’m thinking of warm & comforting things. How about Swahili Ginger n’ Milk Tea and Sweet Macadamia Pie from the Marshall Islands?

  7. Marina says

    Mhm, pumpkin pancakes. Who knew russians also eat those 🙂
    I really would like to make a pumpkin pie, or some other pie, maybe with apples. It’s been a while since I’ve actually baked anything, and I’m really craving sweet yummy desserts.

  8. amanda says

    I love those measuring cups! How cute. If I won, I would give them to a dear friend who loves all things matryoshka. She also loves kitchen gear!

  9. Karen Kozelko says

    I would use the measuring cups to bake with my kids, 3 & 6(6 today!). So adorable.

  10. Brian S. says

    I don’t need the Matryoshas. I have a set I got when, as a kid, my family visited Moscow as part of a European tour. But here is a recipe for caviar eggs that might interest you. It was created by superchef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and might be his most famous recipe. (Of course, your recipe is more authentic Russian.)

    Also please have a look at the comment I put on yesterday’s post.

  11. I’d feel compelled to make Russian food – at least for the first time I used them! I’d make vareniki my favorite Russian dish with them. It’s quite similar to a Polish pierogi & especially delicious with fresh dill, melted butter, sour cream, and caramelized onions. I’d use the carafe mostly for water but, if the little matroyshka made her way to me, I’d mix a little Moscow mule first: vodka (of course), ginger beer, simple syrup, lime juice, & mint!

  12. Now that’s a mouthwatering menu! I would use the measuring cups to make the Norwegian waffles that my son is so fond of, and fill the carafe with gløgg (your Danish recipe or a traditional Norwegian one) to keep warm on these chilly evenings.

  13. I would use them for when my cooking group, BITE (But Is This Edible?) chooses Russia as its monthly theme. It’s hard to say what I would make – because I don’t know which course I would be in charge of.

  14. Ooh, I would make tons and tons of pecan maple cookies or red velvet cupcakes (hey, that’s a global cupcake for me!) or pistachio macarons! Yum!

  15. I would probably use the measuring cups in a variety of baking projects… I have three partial sets of measuring cups, you’d think that would be enough, but I am almost always short a 1/4 cup measure because the others are in the sink, dirty…

    The carafe, hmm, I would probably drink my Irish Breakfast Tea out of it.

    Both are adorable!

  16. Monique says

    Make your own pizza Friday is coming up in our house….so the measuring cups would come in handy when making the dough!
    The girls would love the carafe to have their water at dinner out of! Very cute!

  17. Leslie says

    So for the Matroyshkas it is easy . I was taught by a lovely older Russian lady to make, Sour Cherry Vareneki. Really wonderful. You make a dough similar to Perogi dough. and let it rest. Hopefully before you have frozen plenty of pitted sour cherries, what in the US we would call pie cherries in your freezer. We picked our sour cherries fresh off her tree. She taught me to pit them with back loop of a safety pin, you just dig in with it in the indentation in the cherry where the stem is, and put the back loop of the right under the cherry pit and pop it out. I still pit pie cherries this way 30 years later. So for the Vareniki you make little handmade circles of the dough 2″ across, thicker than Ravioli dough. take a circle of dough, Take a cherry . Put it in the center. Top with a circle of dough. Pinch the edges all the way around. and Repeat. Boil them in water when they float to the surface they are ready. you can sugar the Vareniki in a bowl with table sugar and serve with sour cream or melted butter . But even better; take sour cherry juice sweeten it with sugar or honey bring it to a gentle simmer and put your cherry Vareniki back in with the sweetened juice for 3 -4 min. Serve this in bowls hot, the sweetened juice and the Vareniki with sour cream on top . This is the traditional way and it is fantastic, worth the work. For the carafe; I would drink strong Earl grey tea, 2 bags with a touch of half and half and little honey.

  18. Leslie says

    By the way great Russian recipes! Thank You. I’ve had salad Oliver many times, The egg, egg, caviar looks interesting, the Pumpkin Olad’yi I’ve got to try! I love pumpkin and so does my family.

  19. elisa waller says

    Hurricane Sandy hit us like a bellowing energy from the higher power called mother nature…… after nearly 5 days of no power we are captivated by home cooked meals and internet. connection. So much destruction, trees down, houses blown apart if not lifted off the foundation, water damage galore… it seems trivial for me, one who lives away from the shore line, to complain about anything. A friends parents house was nearly destroyed from wind and water, all their first floor possessions wet, removed as if lifted 8 feet and then just dropped, they are in a state of shock. I would gingerly give these cute little accessories as a gift as they nearly lost everything, a token for rebuilding. The symbol of nesting is such a nice gesture for someone who has lost there nest (home). In the midst of helping them clean up. So sad and overwhelming.

  20. Kathy S says

    My daughter collects Matroyshkas and I’d love to give these to her. She recently went through some bad times, so it would be nice to put a smile on her face.

  21. I would fill the carafe with filtered water and leave it on the nightstand next to the bed when my Mom comes to visit. Hopefully, it would remind her of the almost three years that we lived in Russia in the early-mid-1960’s. I still have a set of matryoshka dolls that we got in Moscow just about 50 years ago. Wow! Am I really that old?

  22. My girls love their matryoshky and these would be special helping cook measuring cups for them. All my Slovak recipes are in grams, so maybe I would use these to make sourdough cornbread, which is international considering where we live! The carafe would be for some rooibos or ginger tea!

  23. I would use the cups to measure out some cous cous because I want to try to make the Caakiri from Niger. From the carafe I would probably drink iced tea since I don’t really drink wine. I shared this page on my Facebook 🙂

  24. Elena V says

    My closest group of friends is a mix of Indians, Bengali and Thai eaters, so the first thing I’d make would be spiced
    Chicken Shorba!
    As for the carafe, I’d mix up some Kahlua, coffee and rum…hey, it’s cold outside!

  25. I’m in love!! Soooo cute!! I have so many expat friends in Russia who would love these… But i’m pretty sure I’d have to keep them for myself. 🙂 I’d use them daily for pretty much everything…

  26. Sally Jo says

    I lived in Ukraine for over two years, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer and later working on my master’s thesis, and I loved matroshki! I would use them for pretty much everything (but I’d have to make sure to make extra Ukrainian food!).

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