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Maslenitsa Week -- Pancake festival week
« on: November 30, 2008, 10:23:41 PM »
Blini (pancake) Festival week is the week before Lent, seven weeks before Easter.
In ancient times it was the festival to say goodbye to Winter and hello to the sun.
The round blini pancake represents the sun.
The last Sunday of the festival is forgiveness day where all is forgiven and redeemed.
And the Lady Maslenitsa effigy is burned to say goodbye to Winter.

In southern europe it is the time of carnival, in Catholic traditions it is Shrovetide.

Just be sure and eat lots of warm tasty blini!

Lady Maslenitsa is burned at the Yusupov Palace.

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Re: Maslenitsa Week -- Pancake festival week
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2010, 09:23:39 AM »
Maslenitsa is a kind of an ancient religious festival of the Russians, which is celebrates once in the end in which blini is prepared. It is a kind of pan-cake which is made-up of butter, milk and honey. This food is totally delicious and they all make this at home and enjoy this day like a great feast for sure.

Blini is now a main meal of many cuisines of the world. You can prepare this recipe with certain main ingredients like, 6 rounded TBL all-purpose flour, 2-1/2 C milk, 3 large eggs, 1/8 tsp salt, 1 TBL and canola oil 5 tsp sugars as well.

         
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Re: Maslenitsa Week -- Pancake festival week
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2010, 10:12:33 PM »
Ohh, please, use butter for blini and you will be deffinately satisfied!

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Re: Maslenitsa Week -- Pancake festival week
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2010, 12:35:33 AM »
How to make Blinis with American measures:

Russian-style Blini
    * 2 cups fresh milk
    * 2 or 3 eggs
    * 1 tablespoon sugar
    * 1/4 teaspoon salt
    * 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
    * 1 cup of flour
    * Melted butter
    * Hot skillet
    * Large bowl for mixing

   1. In medium mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar until frothy. Add milk slowly, while continuously stirring. Mix well.
   2. Add flour and mix thoroughly, then pour in vegetable oil and mix quickly
   3. Pour the batter in a thin layer in a medium  hot pan, greased with oil.
   4. Cook each blini on both sides, brushing with melted butter. Flip with two wooden spatulas
   5. Stack cooked blinis on top of each other to keep them warm.
   6. Add the inside ingredients of you choice, fold them up and serve.

Home-style Blini are often made with sour milk, kefir or buckwheat flour for a robust flavor. There are a large variation, Russia is a big country!
I actually like a little less flour and only butter for oil :)

Anyone have more suggestions? What do you like in your blini?   I like mushrooms and cheese!
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Maslenitsa Shrovetide- How it was inthe Old Days!
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2010, 12:44:33 AM »
The episodes from movie The Barber of Siberia (Сибирский Цирюльник) by Nikita Mikhalkov shows how Russian Shrovetide (Maslenitsa-Масленица) wascelebrated in XIX century.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8xZ1d0litU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8xZ1d0litU</a>

 


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