Borscht

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I’ve been busy. Busy working, socializing, blogging at Healthy and Sane; busy watching tv (waaaay too much tv – I’m a true tv addict; I stopped discriminating at this point. I’ve pretty much lost this past weekend to Ugly Betty on Netflix streaming. Yes, it’s been ugly for sure). And when I get busy I look for kitchen shortcuts or enjoy fine meals out that someone else cooks for me. Smile I’ve even blogged on many occasions (like here, here and here) about quick meals when life gets hectic and in every post, the most frequent suggestion by my readers has been SOUP. Soup made on Sunday night that can be enjoyed for lunch for the rest of the week or can even be frozen for future nights a few months away.

But you see, I didn’t really get it. I don’t think of soup as something too filling. And if I’m honest, I generally think: soup is SO BORING. Mature, I know! Winking smile Well, I’ve been meaning to

Chicken Kiev (kurizza po Kievski)

Last night I had my parents over for the very first Russian dinner prepared by me!! I actually chose recipes from a Russian cookbook (Please To The Table) I recently purchased. The cookbook has over 400 recipes and no pictures so I was hoping my parents would know better what the food should look like… and more importantly – taste like.

So for my first meal, I decided to make chicken Kiev. Have you heard of it before? I feel like this is one of the most well-known Russian dishes among Americans, yet to be honest – I had no idea what it actually was. I was imagining chicken stuffed with cheese and maybe even ham (I think I was confusing it with chicken Cordon Blue… must have been). What I discovered was it was chicken stuffed with herbed butter. It should be served straight out of the fryer (oh yeah!) so that the melted butter inside oozes out as soon as you cut into it. Mmmm… 😉

So yeah, funny enough – I thought I was making the most traditional Russian dish of all

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