Holodnik and apple pie

This is the last of the Belarussian posts – I actually wrote it ages ago, but got so busy, I forgot to post it. Holodnik Holodnik is chilled soup, and this one is made of beetroot. We have had beetroot growing in the garden for months, and this week it was finally time to pull…

Introducing Belarus! Amazing!

I think the only people I’ve ever heard pronounce “Belarus” are presenters of Eurovision. So in my head the title of this post must be read in high-pitched, heavily accented English, with far too many exclamation marks, and followed by rapid French which may or may not be an actual translation of the English. Anyway,…

Babka

I have seen many recipes for a chocolate babka, which is Polish (I think), and looks like a bread. This isn’t that. Belarussian babka is a potato and meat pie/bake/thing. It consists of a layer of meat (pork and lard) sandwiched between two layers of a potato and flour mixture, and coated in sour cream….

I’ll introduce Belarus a little later…

…today, I’m just going to tell you about what I’ve been cooking from Belarus instead! Draniki and Machanka Draniki are little potato pancakes, eaten with sour cream and a meat and lard sauce, Machanka. So, you know, a variation on the general theme of meat, potatoes and lard that seems to be found throughout Belarussian…