About me

Hi everybody and thank you for stopping by! My name is Olga and I’m here to share with you something I think you’ll be interested in. First of all, I’m not a native speaker so bare with me! Please correct me if you feel you can do that. Well, cooking is my hobby, I like it so much, it’s the best I can do even all day long! I’m not a chef, just a usual Russian girl who can’t leave without spending at least a couple of hours a day in the kitchen! And no, I’m not fat at all! :)

After some researches over the internet I found out there are not so many good sites with Russian food recipes! Especially step by step recipes with good photos and comments! I am certainly not an expert in all the things connected to Russian’s food, but I wish this site will be a good challenge to my guests to taste another part of the world! Moreover, it’s time to bust some myths about Russia and Russians! Well, let’s just try to change things together! My plan is to cook Russian food with you! It’s absolutely not difficult, all you need is just go to the kitchen and have fun! That’s the main condition! From my side, I’ll try to do everything to assist and to help you (even with a stupid metric system in most Russian food recipes such as cups, glasses ounces etc.), answer all questions you might have (not especially about cooking :)

I’ll also post as many step-by-step pictures of each meal as possible to make sure that we are on the same page! Don’t worry about anything, cooking is extremely simple! Don’t be afraid of the final result, just trust your taste, find your perfect balance of flavors and have fun!  I’ll also try to tell truthfully about my country, our customs, traditions and anything you may want to know about Russia. No worries, just ask! Now, follow me to the ordinary Russian kitchen and.. remember? HAVE FUN!

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Konstantin July 23, 2009 at 8:32 pm

That can be compared to Gordon Ramseys cooking book.
All illustrations look professional, easy to follow guide.
All we need is more of your recipes!
May be even Russian KVAS is anyone know this traditional russian beverage?

rebecca subbiah July 24, 2009 at 3:11 am

thanks for sharing your recipes with us

Wizzythestick August 3, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Found you on blog catalog. I know nothing about Russian cooking so it is good to have found your site. Looking forward to trying your recipes.

Olga December 24, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Hi Olga! Love your name by the way :) And thank you for the Pelmeni recipe. I needed something step by step with pictures. You’re a life saver!!! Keep up the good work.

Agnes January 31, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I am looking forward to browsing through your website!

Great to have a source of Russian recipes! – as you said, far too little is known about Russian food, at least here in Denmark, where I live.

But as I enjoy homemade kefir and salted cucumbers very much, I think there must be many more delicious things to eat, which the iron curtain hitherto prevented me from knowing (okay, I know it’s been a while since said curtain was still there, but nevertheless I know far to little of Eastern European food).



Mike for Hair Loss April 2, 2010 at 10:37 am

Hey Olga!

You are doing great with this project. What I really like here is your professionally-made mouth-watering photos that are truly yummy!:p

Barbara Rolek May 30, 2010 at 2:08 am

I’ve scoured the Internet and I consider your blog to be some of the best. I’d be honored if you’d list your food blog on my site for About.com/The New York Times. It’s like a blogroll but you get to describe your blog yourself. Here’s the link: http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/b/2010/05/19/calling-all-eastern-and-central-european-food-bloggers.htm

jewelry manufacturers June 12, 2010 at 5:40 am

Found you on blog catalog. I know nothing about Russian cooking so it is good to have found your site. Looking forward to trying your recipes.

Jenna Celigija June 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Hi Olga, I found your site by searching for a pelmini recipe. I just wanted to say that your site is really nice and I LOVE the step-by-step instructions, pictures and friendly writing style! I’ve already added you to my favorites.
I’ll be making my pelmini this weekend, and will undoubtedly be back to see what else you are cooking up. THANKS!

Julia July 14, 2010 at 6:43 am

Hi Olga,

Great site!
The recipes are simple and very traditional which I love as reminds me of home!

I was wondering whether you know the recipe to Zapenka? Last year my aunty had made it for me and ever since I had been trying to replicate it with no success.


Jenny@ fiber optic audio cable July 17, 2010 at 5:22 am

I also love cooking as much as I love eating! LOL! I think this would be fun discovering some foreign (I’m from the Philippines) recipies that I can cook myself. Thanks a lot in advance, I will surely love this!

Kate from wedding photography sarasota July 25, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Hi Olga, Thank you for giving us this information. This site is a great help for us who know nothing about Russian food recipes. Instructions are clear and easy to follow and would also help us understand Russian foods more. Thumbs up for you.

Lelik July 28, 2010 at 10:31 am

Hi Julia, you missed letters in the word, the dish name is “ZAPEKANKA”. There are hundreds of Zapekanka recipes – with cottage cheese, spagetti, vegetables etc. etc. What ingredients had your aunty used? I would be more than happy to help, just need more info! :)

pratish stuff August 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Hi Olga, superb introduction about you and I liked the true nature of your blog posts.
Well, I’m Pratish, from Kerala which is a small beautiful state in south of India. I’m an aircraft engineer and a webmaster.

I love to have well cooked and tasty food and use to read a lot from Food Recipes websites, but really not an expert in cooking. I did cooking while I was doing my college. I found some useful notes to cook delicious food on your website. Many of your food is almost similar to our Kerala state food.

Jon DUI Lawyer September 1, 2010 at 1:21 am

Hey Olga great intro. This is so awesome. I can barely fry and egg myself, but my wife loves to cook. I can’t wait to try some of these dishes.

Anna September 21, 2010 at 7:36 am

Hey. I’m originally from Russia, Moscow and still eat Russian food from time to time, especially when my parents make it. Funny, I have a food blog, but hardly ever write about Russian food. Borcht is one of my favorites. I looked at your recipe for Vinegret – is it really traditional to use kidney beans? I’ve never come across a recipe that used them – maybe it’s a regional ingredient.

lamirabelle@le blog de la mirabelle October 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Russian recipes ? Yummy ! I tried a few and I liked them. There’s also a funny one compiled by Wladimir Kaminer.
On a sidenote, why is it that as soon as you write a blog on Russia or Thailand you get all these ads on brides. Gee! There’s more to these countries. Food! Culture!

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