Maslenitsa: Russian Pancake Week

Maslenitsa 2012
When: 20th February - 26th of February, 2012 

Maslenitsa: Shrovetide, Butter Week, Cheesfare Week or Russian Pancake Week
The Maslenitsa festival signals the end of winter and the coming of spring.  It is also part of the pre-Lenten celebrations, leading up to the time of fasting when in the Orthodox tradition, meat and dairy (butter, eggs, milk) would be forbidden. 

The most characteristic food of Maslenitsa is blini- Russian pancakes. They symbolize the sun and often served round and golden. They are made from the rich foods allowed before the start of lent. Blini are prepared hundreds of ways.  Made buckwheat flour, white flour, or cornmeal,  Blini are given to friends and family.  They may be sweet or savory and are topped with caviar, mushrooms, jam, sour cream, and lots of butter. Meat filled Blini, are rolled and folded often with beef and mushroom fillings.  One of the best meals I ate in Russia was meat filled Blinis.


Blini Pancake

Recipe for Russian Blini with Beef or Mushrooms 

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