If you are one of them who is still sad about the GOT season getting over and going crazy over the yearly craze, well behold as HBO has got the situation under control. The mini-series that HBO has started on the 6th of May is the one that has been breaking records all around. You will be surprised to know that this mini-series actually beats Game of Thrones to become the most viewed HBO show on Digital Platform.
Chernobyl is a historical drama television miniseries created and written by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck. It is beautifully directed and crafted show with the best sets of casts to portrait the history of the Nuclear Accident in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat in the north of the Ukrainian SSR. As history comes alive in this series, it has won many hearts by the cinematography and the stunning visual arts.
As the TV series won millions of hearts worldwide, it has definitely inspired us to think out of the box with our creative minds.
How would you like to have a little bowl of Borscht as your appetizer, a Russian Cabbage roll as your snack time partner and Beef Stroganoff for your dinner with of course the famous Russian water, Vodka?
Pretty good huh?
Well for all the like-minded people out there, we have thought this through and have curated a typical Russian 4-course meal to keep the Chernobyl spirit high (with Vodka of course). So join us and enjoy the Russian delicacies!
The Chernobyl Menu
A 4-course authentic Russian Meal
(An appetizer or starter is a small dish served before a meal in European cuisine)
Zakuski is an integral part of the food culture in Russia. They are served as a starter to the meal which is often intended to be followed after a shot of Vodka as the word means ‘something to bite after’. They are usually bite size and are meant to be eaten by hand. Typical zakuski consist of cold cuts, cured meat, meat jelly, pirogs, various pickled vegetables, pickled mushrooms, deviled eggs, hard cheese, caviar, canapés, open sandwiches, and bread.
Our Favourite, Pirogs! They are soft baked dough with a sweet or savory filling. They are considered an important and popular dish of Russian cuisine.
Caviar, the Russian gift to the world is considered one of the finest delicacies and is eaten as a garnish or a spread. Mushroom Caviar is a dish which comes from the western part of Russia and is enjoyed worldwide as an appetizer. Freshly minced edible mushrooms are sauteed along with garlic, onion, and nutmeg in butter until soft. Vermouth can be added to make the taste richer. Once its done, mayonnaise, salt and pepper are to be added to enhance the taste. Served with toasted pita, black bread or toast triangles, the caviar is served as a spread. This fine delicacy is enjoyed worldwide for its subtle taste.
While mentioning appetizer, I have to mention the Russian Cold Soup which is incredibly bright and gives a vibrant color and taste. Borscht is made using beetroot sometimes fermented which gives away its bright red color. Along with various ways of preparing it, the beef borscht is one of the most famous Ukrainian origin dishes which is prepared by combining meat or bone stock with vegetables mostly cabbage, carrots, potatoes and beetroot being the most important ingredient. Borscht is often served with smetana (sour cream) and hard-boiled egg with a touch of Russian love.
Topping our main course list is this beef recipe. Deriving its name from the influential Stroganov family in Russia, this heritage dish is prepared with strips of beef sauteed in a sauce of butter, white wine, sour cream (called ‘smetana’ in Russia), mustard and onions, this wholesome and hearty recipe is enjoyed either straight or poured over rice or noodles to make it a tummy filling dish.
Ending our 4-course meal with this Russian Ice Cream is a wonderful way to celebrate Russian Cuisine worldwide. Morozhenoe is a Russian Ice cream which is creamier and richer than its American Counterpart. Just like its Vodka, the Russian likes their ice cream with all their heart and hence a rich, creamier milk is used to make this ice cream. Morozhenoe is usually topped with chocolate or strawberry and is the best dessert for all the frozen cream lovers out there.
Picture Credits: https://www.hbo.com/fyc/chernobyl-fyc