Showing posts from January, 2014

Russian Cuisine

Russian cuisine isn't all that exciting. It's what I call "evolved survival food". Basically, in times past, the people who lived in the Moscovy-Novgorod region didn't have very good farming soil and dealt with a very short growing season. Life was precarious and food supplies scarce, so the national cuisine that arose as a result is very much a meat-and-potatoes one with few variations on flavour. 
Contrast that with the cuisine that came out of the rich dark-earth regions of Ukraine, like cabbage rolls and pirogies, or the fierce and adventurous dishes of the Caucasus, such as plov' and shashlik, and Russian dishes just plain-old suck.
In the household that Katya grew up in, she was never introduced to any other cuisine except for Russian. Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Indian; all these styles and flavours were unthinkable to her. Her mother taught her a few simple Russian dishes but she grew up in the late 80's, when Soviet bread lines were the norm, and…

2 Year Mark

Katya officially became a Permanent Resident to Canada in January of 2011, the day that CBSA (Canadian Border Security Agency) officers stamped her visa and officially welcomed her to Canada at Toronto Pearson International, her official "port of entry". This month marks two years that she's been here.
In that time she's found it incredibly easy to integrate into Canadian society. Canada, being a hodgepodge nation of immigrants, where the rule of law is supreme and the standard of living is incredibly high, is a fairly easy country to adapt to. Katya has seen the west coast, the prairies, most of Ontario and a small part of Quebec and she has grown patriotic of Canada, even if she refuses to admit it!
For instance, we were watching some stupid romantic comedy (I don't know the name of it, nor do I remember its generic pandering plot line), and there were a few rather stupid references to Canada as being some sort of cold Mexico where everyone is a stupid lumberj…