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Russian Honey Cake — Medovik (with Eggless Custard Filling)

For this month’s International Cooking Challenge, Saras @ Saras Yummy Bites is taking us to the world’s largest country in the world, Russia. Russia’s cuisine is very diverse just like the country and she gave us 3 traditional recipes to choose from. I picked this irresistible Russian Honey Cake from the list. I made it as a part of my Russian meal I did earlier this month. This honey cake is very different from any cake I’ve ever made. The cake part is not a cake after all, it is basically rolled out dough that is baked in the oven…

Salad Olivier — Russian Potato Salad

I found this Russian Potato Salad called Salad Olivier on Smitten Kitchen. It is a very simple potato salad but the addition of dill pickles, carrots and peas makes it a little different. I never bought dill pickles before and I didn’t realize there were 20 different kinds of pickles in the store. It took me good 10 minutes to figure out what to buy. Carrots and peas make the salad look more colorful. Recipe adapted here. Check out the complete Russian Vegetarian Meal here.

Borscht — Russian Beet & Vegetable Soup (Vegetarian Recipe)

When I think of Russian food, first thing that comes to mind is Borscht — beet & vegetable soup. To be honest I’m not a bog beets fan, so this was soup was something that I was not too excited about and kept looking for other dishes. But finally I realized I had no time and then ended up making the soup anyway. I was surprised that I liked the soup, it is very hearty and technically I didn’t taste the beets as much as I feared I would. The color sure makes the beet presence apparent and I really…