The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just around the corner. We have decided to share a tasty, traditional and loved Russian soup with you all. CTIA believes in the importance of exposing students to an array of cultural cuisines – and now, football fans can enjoy the World Cup and experience a bit of Russian culture too.
Starting the 14th June 2018, we can look forward to a full month of the beautiful game on the biggest stage. The highly anticipated Opening Ceremony will take place just 30 minutes before the first game against Russia and Saudi Arabia. The event will focus on a series of musical acts, with Robbie Williams headlining. Around 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists will also be performing in an opening extravaganza that will pay homage to all things Russian.
- Opening Ceremony – 14th June 16:30
- Russia vs Saudi Arabia – 14 June 17:00
Impress Your Family & Friends With This Delicious Russian Soup At Home – Borshcht
Interesting Facts about Borshcht
- Borshcht used to be made from cow parsnip! Cow parsnip’s young shoots were used in Russian food and added to soups, since a mature plant is poisonous. From this plant emerged the name of “borsch soup.”
- Potatoes and tomatoes were added to Borshcht beginning only in the 20th century – When potatoes came around, they were added to borscht by cutting into cubes or strips. Later tomatoes began being added to borshch as well.
- Every housewife has her own recipe. It is believed that the standard borshcht recipe does not exist, as the variations are so numerous. However, there are certain traditions of cooking borshcht, which are specific to certain regions. For example, there is a “Kiev” borshcht, with bacon and beans, a “Moscow” one with sausage, and even a “Lithuanian” borshcht which is served cold. During the summer, Russians often cook green borshcht, with sorrel and greens instead of cabbage.
- To make sure Borshcht has a beautiful colour, the beets are cooked separately. Beets are cooked separately, first finely cut and sautéed in fat for several minutes, then added to the soup. Later, the other ingredients are prepared in the same way.
- Bacon adds tasty flavour to this dish! Bacon fat is grinded in a small mortar with garlic until you get a homogeneous mass. It is then added to borshcht a few minutes before it finishes cooking. Then the finished dish is covered with a lid and left to infuse for half an hour.
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