Ah, Russia. Land of fur hats, cabbages and a place where it’s OK to eat human flesh, but not OK to be gay. (Seriously, Google ‘cannibalism’ and heaps of the reports are Russians. Plus the famine of 1600)
Anyway, I’m just using innocent ham and chicken in this recipe. I know, it’s been a while. I’m a jackass. A busy jackass. What has happened since I last wrote? Well, Sumo has moved offices, I’ve been doing more acting and have rented an office for my off days during the week to get some writing done. I’ve also been diagnosed with an allergy to formaldehyde. More on that later. Let’s get cooking.
Creamy Russian Salad and Gorki Chicken
1 x cup diced, boiled potatos (skin on or off, your call)
½ cup each of: Frozen peas, carrots, cauliflower, beans (Just use the frozen diced combo from the store)
½ cup of diced ham (get some thick slices of double smoked from the deli)
2 x diced Polski Ogorki gherkins
2 x diced hard boiled eggs
1 tblspn of whole egg mayo (more, if you want, and you prob will)
A sprinkling of dried dill.
salt and pepper
Now, this might sound like the most non-salad collection of ingredients, and you may be asking ‘Where are the gummi bears?’ – But no. This is a delicious mixture that makes you insane for more. It’s simple, and anyone who served it for dinner was OK with me. I could never replicate it, basically because you can’t really pick out each flavour once it’s all mixed in. You know it’s mainly veggies and mayo, but the egg, ham and dill were little surprises.
2 Chicken breast, diced
1 x chopped onion
2 x garlic cloves, smooshed
1 x tblspn tomato paste
1 cup chicken stock
½ cup vodka
This is one of those things you set on fire before adding all the other liquids. Awesome. So, lightly brown the chicken, onion and garlic and then pour on the vodka. Light it on fire with a match, or tilt your pan towards the flame if you have a gas hob. It looks really cool, I completely forgot to get a pic, so.. yeah. Once it’s died out, add the stock and tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper and then add a dash of cream. Sprinkle the parsley on top. *Note, I added mushrooms to mine. Do whatever you want.
Serve together and drink chilled vodka and a loaf of bread!