Interview with Vlad from California
For this week’s edition of Matryoshka’s Diary, Enjoy Russian school author Elena interviewed Vlad, who was born on the Far East of Russia and now lives in California.
Vlad shares with us what Russian summer food he misses the most
My top three Russian summer foods are kvas, okroshka, and shashlik.
1. Kvas is a traditional fermented Slavic drink, usually consumed cold, which is why it is especially popular during the summer. Where I am from it is normally sold on the streets, out of big stainless steel or plastic barrels. This drink is very affordable, has a great taste, and is also perfect for cooling down during the hot Russian summers (where I am from it can easily go up to +35 or +40°C during the summer).
2. Okroshka is a popular Russian summer soup made with kefir (a dairy beverage), sparkling water, vegetables, and a special kind of sausage (Doktorskaya kolbasa). My favorite part about this soup is that it is very refreshing (it is served cold), but yet filling and very tasty. The vegetables that go into okroshka are usually freshly picked, and sometimes sausage can be omitted, which makes it suitable for vegetarians. The only downside is that, because of its dairy base, this soup has to be consumed within a day or two at most, otherwise it goes bad.
3. Lastly, shashlik is my favorite summer meat food. It is analogous to pork barbecue, with the main difference being the meat selection and preparation process. Specifically, the way the meat is marinated is crucial to how well shashlik is going to come out. My favorite thing about shashlik is that it is almost always cooked and consumed outdoors, in a company of good friend and/or family, which is why shashlik for me is associated with many positive memories.
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