August 01, 1999

Beat the Heat, Go Green!


emperatures soared in Russia this summer. It was the hottest June in Russia in the last 120 years! In such conditions, even rapacious carnivores like Russians will turn to lighter, almost vegetarian meals to keep ovens and stoves cool. 

The eggs (continuing with the theme from our past two recipes) and cabbage (with its immense healing powers) in this recipe combine for a traditionally Russian, low calorie summer meal, called letny salat (“summer salad”). Dacha dwellers love this light yet nourishing salad because they can cut all the ingredients right from their garden plot (pryamo s gryadki), which makes the meal psychologically pleasant and ecologically safer. As to the eggs and sour cream, dachniki can buy them at nearby railway station stores or at neighboring farms.

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