Sunday, November 26, 2006

Thanksgiving Scenes

I did very little cooking this Thanksgiving but I dutifully chronicled dinner at my parents'. Those not in on my blogging were amused that I took pictures of food instead of people.

Making seledka pod shuboi--herring in a fur coat. This may be the Russian version of seven layer salad. Diced smoked herring is on the bottom, topped with diced cooked potatoes, carrots, and beets, hardboiled eggs, a tart apple, and mayo/sour cream dressing.
The sides: marinated tomatoes, homemade sauerkraut (my parents' was better than mine), cranberry sauce, and pickles. The marinated tomatoes were awesome; I always buy them at the Russian store. I can't remember the name of the brand I like best--it's the one with a red-nosed, drunken-looking babushka on the label. I could eat these sweet and spicy tomatoes like candy.

The beast:

Does this say Thanksgiving to you? That's smoked mackarel, part of the appetizer spread. Fatty and yummy.
Dessert: An apple charlotte and curd cheese cake with grated apples (pictured below), recipe courtesy of the blog Nami-Nami. The curd cheese cake was excellent: light, fluffy, not too sweet; a great use of farmer's cheese.
After dinner entertainment: Russian pop songs. The only one I recognized was Dark Eyes.


mzn said...

Fantastic. I love the shot of the singing.

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Mrs. M. said...

mzn--Thanks for stopping by. You haven't updated your blog in a while; I'm glad you're still around.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Nice blending of cultures at your Thanksgiving table.

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Pille said...

Glad to hear that my apple cake suited your Thanksgiving feast! I'll put a link to your post under the recipe, too.

Anonymous said...

herring in a fur coat. that's extremely funny. :-]

Anonymous said...

I am going to try the 'seledka pod shuboi" during the holidays. I can get everything in the Milwaukee area except the smoked herring. Do you have a local source for smoked herring? If you do let us know.

Thank you, Joem.

Mrs. M. said...

Joem--Try one of the local Russian grocery stores. There's International Deli on Oakland in Shorewood, Spartak in Whitefish Bay, and another store in Fox Point or Mequon.

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