Eat like Dostoevsky: Favorite recipes of the famous Russian author
From “Solyanka” to beef in bread …
Fyodor Dostoevsky’s second wife Anna Grigorievna recalled how the writer ordered a dish called Moscow “Solyanka” in a frying pan in a restaurant to surprise her – a girl from St.Petersburg.
“Solyanka” was mentioned for the first time in the 15th century culinary books. The soup was especially popular among Russian peasants; it was very nourishing, served as the first and the second course. The thick soup with pickles appeared a great snack for vodka. The soup eaten together with vodka helped to drink a lot and not to get drunk. “Solyanka” was also often served in the morning; its second unofficial name was a “hangover” soup. “Solyanka” was not so popular in aristocratic society, it was considered unworthy of the noble table and loved only by the villagers. Only in the 19th century, the soup was recognized by other parts of society.
Here some best cooking tips on how to prepare “Solyanka” and other favorite dishes of Dostoevsky.
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